Man convicted of 1975 murder dies in prison

Published: Feb. 22, 2017 at 4:51 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – More than forty years after a Rockford newspaper delivery boy is abducted and killed, the man convicted of the crime has died in prison.

The Montgomery County Coroner says 78-year-old Robert Lower died early Sunday morning at Graham Correctional Center in southern Illinois.

The Coroner says the preliminary investigation showed an extended medical history and are still waiting on toxicology and pathology results.

Lower is behind one of the city’s most well-known and haunting crimes, where 15-year-old Joey Didier was taken and killed while on his route. The family says Lower actually helped in the search for Joey in 1975 before his body was found more than a week later.

Joey’s loved ones have spent years trying to keep lower behind bars and say they are grateful for the tens of thousands of people who have helped them throughout the years.

The Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office also released a statement saying:

"Our thoughts and focus have always been and remain with the family of Joey Didier. They will continue to feel the loss of Joey as his life was cut short by Robert Lower’s brutal and cold blooded actions 42 years ago. For years, the State’s Attorney’s Office has joined together with the Didier’s and this community to keep Lower in prison, and while it’s comforting to know that this part of the fight is over, we will continue to grieve the loss of Joey and hope for continued healing for his family.”