An extensive search along Interstate 80 for an alleged killer's cell phone in the wake of last month's double murder on Hickory Street came up empty, a source said.
The missing phone is the same one 18-year-old Bethany McKee supposedly used to call her father, Bill McKee of Shorewood, to let him know two young men were dead in the home of her friend Alisa Massaro, also 18.
Bill McKee passed that information along to officers with the Shorewood Police Department, who in turn alerted the Joliet police, sources said. Joliet police officers then headed to Massaro's home on North Hickory Street and found the bodies of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22.
Plastic bags covered the heads of Rankins and Glover, a source said, and the two bodies were discovered in the midst of Massaro and two of her friends, Adam Landerman, 19, and Joshua Miner, 24. Massaro, Landerman and Miner were playing the video game Grand Theft Auto when the cops showed up, a source said.
Massaro, Landerman and Miner were taken into custody at the house and charged with first-degree murder. McKee was later caught in Kankakee, where she was heading with her young daughter to see the child's father. She also was charged with first degree murder. The four are in the Will County jail awaiting trial.
Police, police dogs and Illinois Department of Transportation workers scoured the area along I-80 after the grisly discovery on Hickory Street. A court filing from this week says prosecutors have a DVD "containing the recording of defendant McKee's trip to Interstate 80 to locate her cell phone."
A source close to the investigation says that phone was never found. Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton declined to confirm or deny whether the phone was located.