STERLING, Ill. — Illinois State Police investigators are seeking the assistance of the public for any information into a death investigation that occurred on Tuesday, July 1, at the Willow Creek Rest stop on I-39 southbound at the 84 mile marker.
A report of an unresponsive female at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Willow Creek Rest stop was made by a rest stop attendant, who discovered the victim.
Investigators have reviewed surveillance video from the rest stop and have determined that a female exited the rest room and was attacked by a male subject.
Police identified the victim as Tonya D. Bargman, 44, of Monticello, Ill.
State Police have identified Terence Doddy, 36, of Rockford as a person of interest in this investigation. Doddy is wanted by the Rockford Police Department for a murder that occurred June 30. Doddy was observed leaving the scene in the victim’s vehicle, a Gray 2013 Nissan Altima, bearing Illinois license plates BARGMN 2. Investigators have issued law enforcement alerts nationwide.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact 911 or the ISP Zone 2 office at (815) 632-4010.
Law enforcement officials urge the public to take the necessary safety precautions when visiting rest stop areas.