Offender confesses after revived investigation
On Wednesday, May 7 we honored law enforcement from across the U.S. for their work to protect children. Check out all the case summaries on our blog.
On Oct. 13, 2011, 14-year-old Chyenne Kircher was reported missing from her home in East Dubuque, Illinois, where she lived with her mother and stepfather, Terry Abbas. At the time Chyenne went missing, investigators found a note in her mother’s car, in her handwriting, which indicated that she had run away.
After almost a year and a half without locating Chyenne, the case was reopened. Investigative efforts across numerous federal, state and local agencies were coordinated. Extensive interviews of Chyenne’s family and friends were also conducted and those who knew her well believed that, given her very frequent use of social media, she would have contacted someone if she were still alive. As these efforts progressed, the investigators shifted their focus to Chyenne’s step-father, Terry Abbas, and foul play within the household.
Following a polygraph examination, Abbas admitted to strangling her on Oct. 13, 2011, the same day she was reported missing. Abbas ultimately advised that he buried Chyenne’s body in a wooded area behind the house and explained that he had saved Chyenne’s runaway note from a past prank and used it to mislead the police into thinking that she ran away.
On Oct. 24, 2013, just over two years after Abbas committed the crime, he pled guilty to three counts of first degree murder, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and one count of concealment of homicidal death under Illinois law. On Dec. 6, 2013, Abbas was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
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