OLNEY – After three weeks of searching, an Olney man was found in Florida and taken into custody in connection with a Richland County murder in September.
Law enforcement officials Wednesday arrested 18-year-old Rick A. Meador at a campground on a warrant for first-degree murder. Authorities also took a 16-year-old female Olney resident, who was listed as missing and endangered in connection with the murder investigation.
On Sept. 6, Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 8 officials were requested by the Olney Police Department to assist with a homicide investigation at the intersection of North Walnut and East Laurel Street in Olney. An adult male, later identified as 19-year-old Kyle M. Johnson from Olney, was found with multiple gunshot wounds and transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Through information gathered during the investigation, a suspect was developed, and an arrest warrant for first-degree murder issued through the office of Richland County State’s Attorney for Meador.
Meador is currently being held in the Walton County, FL jail awaiting extradition. The 16-year-old juvenile female was taken into protective custody by the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.