Update: Joliet Man Killed Mother and Dumped Body in River, Police Say

Huge quantities of blood were found inside and out of the victim's 118 5th Ave. home, which she shared with son, who allegedly killed her, according to Joliet police.

A 21-year-old Joliet man repeatedly stabbed his mother and then dragged her lifeless body to a car, drove it to the Des Plaines River and dumped it into the water, Joliet Police Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

Charles McCullum was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in connection with the attack. The body of Jeanie Parker, 54, has not yet been recovered and a search of the river between the Jefferson and McDonough street bridges continues, Benton said.

McCullum confessed to police that he stabbed his mother numerous times in the 118 Fifth Ave. home they shared after becoming enraged during an argument. No details on what the fight was about were available, but the pair had a "history of conflict," Benton said.

Neighbors alerted police to Parker's disappearance Thursday morning after McCullum showed up on their doorstep "acting erratically" and then Parker failed to meet them at the time when they typically got together, he said.

When police arrived, they found a large amount of blood outside the house and a blood trail leading to the inside of the garage, Benton said. Parker's blue Dodge Intrepid was missing.

Police put out a bulletin for the car and McCullum, and stopped him in the car at about 10 a.m. The inside of the vehicle was covered in blood, as was McCullum, Benton said.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers explored the house and garage, where they found more blood and were able to recover what they believe to be the murder weapon, he said.

Benton added that a third person also lived in Parker's house but he was not home at the time of the murder and is not believed to be involved.

No information was available Thursday night as to whether police had previously been called to the Fifth Avenue home or if McCullum had a criminal record.

Original post

A "person of interest" is being interviewed in connection with a missing Joliet woman who police believe may be the victim of foul play, Joliet Police Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

The missing person report was filed this morning, and there are "suspicious circumstances" surrounding her disappearance, Benton said.

"It's our belief that foul play is involved," he said.

Beyond that, however, he declined to provide any other details until more information is available.

Sources say a police search of the Des Plaines River currently under way is connected to missing person case.

Check Joliet Patch later for more details as they become available.



anonymous March 21, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Is it Stacey P? Somebody wake Hosey up from his nap.
momof4 March 21, 2013 at 07:35 PM
No we got a new one have not found any info pics to share just 54 aand missing from home
unbiased March 21, 2013 at 08:51 PM
When the police feel it's appropriate to release her name they will!! I know this lady and her family personally she's a very close friend of the family and we are praying that she is ok!
Patch reader March 21, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Whoa so much information in this story. Why bother putting this online with no info?
James t March 21, 2013 at 09:34 PM
A search takes time. They do not want to release info if the information they have may be false. If something is found we will know. I wish the best to the loved ones involved.
Shantel March 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM
This is horrific! I pray they find her so the family can say goodbye.
Lucenia March 22, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Im Jesus Name
Flora Dora March 22, 2013 at 02:08 AM
I miss Joe too!
Colt45 March 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Are you retarded or what?
Spice1 March 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM
C'mon Sorenson, you spelled his name two different ways. How am I supposed to look that up on Facebook?
Edward R Mc Cambridge March 22, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Whenever people claiming to be related have different surnames mayhem is to be expected.
Karen Sorensen (Editor) March 22, 2013 at 03:12 PM
It is McCullum. My apologies for the typo in this story. And, btw, my name is Sorensen. See, we all can make mistakes...
jono100 March 22, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Yea sorenson shame on you for being human and making a mistake so that loser spice has a reason to go on Facebook.
MidwestGal March 22, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Let's not add to the hatred and anger...Ignore the idiotic posts. This story is sad and sick. I truly hope the victims family can find a way to cope.
katie smego March 22, 2013 at 04:41 PM
i have known this boy for some years i would never think he would do such a thing this is crazy
Spice1 March 22, 2013 at 06:19 PM
nicole March 22, 2013 at 07:10 PM
how could someone get so angry and kill their own mother instead of just walking away...that is hatred to me!!!!! rip mrs.parker.....
Just Me March 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Word around the hood is he was gone off that Molly.
sphinx March 23, 2013 at 07:21 AM
Put to do that , why would anyone want to take it .this is terrible my prayers to the family .
SHAWN matthews March 24, 2013 at 01:19 PM
I don't feel sorry for him, but when a person does that to there mother he deserve to be put away for the rest of there life 10 dollars a month for the rest of your life.( state pay)
jayy lee March 31, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Man I've known cj and jeanie but jeanie b4 cj was like 2nd mom to me I grew up w the oldest son b4 I moved to tx look as fam ppl look ppl hurting yo and ppl r sick also or jus do crazy stuff also n ir fam it hurts more when its in house but the fam is strong and blessed w over 50yrs of life w her and fam/friends of ms parker ask the yall respect her and her son time will help ease the sadness and Shock while God wrks as we deal w it!!!!!
RealAndrewJones March 31, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I've noticed that too. I love when a woman's kids have not only names different from hers, but from each others'.
RealAndrewJones March 31, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Well said?


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