UPDATE: Murder Suspect Arrested

By: Meghan Dwyer Email
By: Meghan Dwyer Email

UPDATE: A Rockford man has been arrested in connection with the early October beating death of Samantha Therriault.

36-year-old Kurt Knutson has been charged with four counts of first degree murder.

Police believe he killed Therriault in the early morning hours of October 10th at a home in the 2300 block of Belden Avenue.

UPDATE: Police say the 27-year-old Rockford woman found beaten in her home on Belden Avenue last week, was in fact murdered.

They originally called the case a death investigation because they were waiting to see if Samantha Therriault had overdosed on heroine, but toxicology results showed she had very few drugs in her system.

The Winnebago County Coroner says she died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police say they are close to catching her killer.


UPDATE: The name of the victim is 27 year old Samantha Therriault. The Winnebago's County Coroner's Office has indicated the victim's body did receive trauma however further tests are being conducted to determine the cause of death.


UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A 27-year-old Rockford woman was found dead in her home this morning on Belden drive just across the street from Belden Park.

Police aren't releasing the woman's name yet and they hesitate to call it a murder before the coroner has a chance to do an autopsy but they say the circumstances are suspicious and a person of interest in the case is being interviewed right now, but nobody is in custody.

Police say a man who lived with the woman called 9-1-1 and reported she was unconscious just after five this morning. Initial reports on the police scanner suggest she may have been beaten up by a group of women but police won't confirm. Neighbors say officers have been asking whether anyone overheard a commotion in the park Tuesday night that could be related.

"Me and my son play in the park here and I walk here about 6:40 in the morning and sometimes I see her sitting on the porch, but we have never seen any commotion over there,” said Mona Barrett, a neighbor of the victim.

Neighbors say the woman lived at the residence with her boyfriend and she had a small child. Police won't confirm those details yet. A search warrant was just issued, though and police are searching the home where the body was found for clues.

Police aren't saying whether or not the person who called the tip in is a suspect, however he certainly has been questioned.


Update: The victim is 27 years old. Police won't say if the person who called 911 is involved in any way.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Police are investigating a beating death at a residence on 2300 block of Belden Street on Rockford’s West Side.

A man called police around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. When Police arrived on scene they found the unconscious woman.

Police also say the public is not in any immediate danger, but they aren't releasing any other information at this time.

We will have the latest update for you as it becomes available.


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