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Police still investigating arson and double homicide

Maggie and Amos Meyer
Maggie and Amos Meyer

Ogle County detectives are continuing to investigate an arson and double homicide that occurred in Byron a year and a half ago, but no arrests have been made.

Lt. Brian Ketter, investigations commander for the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, said Tuesday that he and his team are still following leads into the deaths of Margaret “Maggie” Meyer, 31, and her three-year-old son, Amos, on Oct. 19, 2016.

The second annual Infinity Run event, held in memory of the two by the Maggie & Amos Foundation, will be Saturday, April 28 at Chana Education Center in Chana with activities starting at 3 p.m.  

Meyer was a teacher at the Chana Education Center, and the goals of the foundation include helping to support educational grants for local teachers for classroom projects and libraries, and scholarships to support undergraduate and graduate students going into the field of special education. 

Meyer was found dead on a couch on the first floor of her burning home at 2020 N. Silverthorn Drive, and her son Amos was pronounced dead a short time later at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

“Officially it’s still an active investigation,” Ketter said.

He said detectives are determined to solve the case, but declined to give further details.

The fire was reported around 6:40 a.m. by Meyer’s ex-husband, Duane C. Meyer, 35, of Stillman Valley, who told officials he was there to pick up his son.

The couple had been divorced about a month earlier.

When firefighters arrived, smoke alarms were sounding, the house was filled with heavy smoke, and Duane Meyer and a Byron police officer were on the lawn performing CPR on Amos, who had been in an upstairs bedroom.

Amos and his father were taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where the little boy was pronounced dead.

An autopsy at the Winnebago County Coroner’s office showed he died of smoke inhalation.

Police have not released the cause of Meyer’s death or the fire started.

A representative from the State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire was an arson while he was at the scene.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office at 815-732-2136 or Ogle Lee Crime Stoppers at 888-228-4488.

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