It was the day before Thanksgiving 2016 when 8-year-old Sabrina Stauffenberg was abducted in broad daylight on her own front porch waiting for a bus to take her to a church service.
Sabrina’s body was uncovered later that night near a vinegar plant. There were signs that the little girl had been raped before her murderer dumped her body on the south side of Olney. Sabrina’s aunt, who had been at home at the time the girl was abducted, believed that her killer lured her away because she did not hear any noises.
The abduction sent shockwaves through the town of Olney, Illinois. The little town, which boasts less than 10,000 year-round residents, hasn’t seen a murder since 2011. Now parents feared for their childrens’ lives, and many chose to keep their kids indoors or by their sides at all time.
Many people became frustrated with the lack of news briefs from the Illinois State Police. Belleville News-Democrat quoted one resident as saying, “The police are not releasing any information whatsoever — if they have somebody, if they don’t have somebody. Most of us in the neighborhood have kids, and all we’re told is, ‘Don’t let your kids be out playing right now.’”
It was only a matter of days before police arrested a suspect. 53-year-old Glen Ramey, who had previously been involved with one of Sabrina’s family members, was charged with Sabrina’s abduction. According to police, Ramey lured the girl off her porch, sexually assaulted her, and suffocated her to death.
If Ramey is found guilty he faces up to three life sentences for the two counts of rape and one count of murder he’s been charged with.