Updated February 14, 2017

Submitted by Daniel K. Cockrum
Hardin County State’s Attorney

On February 10, 2017, at approximately 3.57 a.m., the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting a shooting in Cave In Rock, Illinois. A deputy was dispatched, and upon arrival, he discovered the shooting resulted in the death of Laura J. Ghalyon, born February 18, 1968. She was shot in her home located at Rural Route 1, Box 221 F, Cave In Rock, Illinois, 62919. After confirming Ms. Ghalyon’s death, deputies placed a 12-year-old juvenile in custody. The juvenile remains in custody at this time. Due to his juvenile status, his identity is being withheld. The Illinois State Police and Hardin County Coroner were then contacted for assistance with the investigation.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing and will continue to be handled by the Illinois State Police and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department.

See Laura Ford’s death notice in this week’s paper and on this site.