UPDATE: Gary C. Berchtold, 39, allegedly shot Murphy to death at his residence on or about Aug. 31, 2018; burned her body in a pile of tires and logs; and then dumped the ashes at a nearby remote site in rural Peoria County near the Marshall County line, according to charges filed late Friday and outlined Saturday morning at a highly detailed bond hearing in Marshall County Circuit Court.
Berchtold faces two counts of first-degree murder and one each of dismembering a human body and concealing a homicidal death. He could face up to life in prison, and Circuit Judge James Mack set his bond at $1 million. Berchtold is still waiting for his trial date that has been delayed because of COVID-19.
Tiffini Murphy, 38, has been missing from Lacon, Illinois since September 1, 2018. She was last seen at the Casey’s General Store gas station between 3 and 4 a.m. after being dropped off, according to her boyfriend.
The authorities told Dateline that they did not receive a report that she was missing until January 10, 2019. Since so much time had passed they were not able to get any surveillance video from the gas station. The gas station has closed since then.
But, Stephanie Sievert told Dateline that she was reported missing before that, but were “not taken seriously.”
Her daughter, Abigail, posted, “6 months ago today my mom went missing. I would love to find her or just even hear from her. This breaks my heart to pieces. I love her so much! So please!!!!! If you know anything or see her contact me or my family! We all love her so very much💞💕💞 && we want her to be safe! Thank you please share!!”
Tiffini Murphy is described as being 5’6” tall and weighing 160 lbs. with blonde hair and brown eyes.
If you have any information, please call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at (309) 246-2115.