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Murder Investigation in E. DBQ

EAST DUBUQUE, IL (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The dark clouds lingering on the horizon in East Dubuque Thursday reflected the emotion being felt down below.

I was hoping to see that smile another time, said Greg Herbst, superintendent for the East Dubuque Community School District. I will someday, just not now.

As it has been for the past two years, the search for Cheyenne Kirchner continuesjust not in the way anyone hoped.

We believe that her body is located at the location right in town by her home, said Chief Deputy Dave Hachmeister with the Jo Daviess County Sheriffs office.

Her stepfather, 40 year old Terry Abbas,  is being charged with her murder. Abbas has been living with Kirchers mother in the home for the past two years.

Now the home is the scene of the painfully painstaking task - recovering her young remains.

We want to make sure that we do it thoroughly, properly, follow all the policies and procedures, said Andrea Dobronski with the FBI.

People from the small town gathered to hear the grim details. They say ever since she was declared missing in 2011, they never lost optimism.

She's also part of the school family and part of the community family with a city the size of East Dubuque, so I don't think people gave up hope, Herbst said.

Friends and classmates describe Kircher as a typical teen just trying to find her place.

I'd seen that she'd been struggling not only at school but at home, and I tried helping her out, said schoolmate Diamond Wilson. All that I honestly think that she wanted was to be loved by people.

Abbas is currently being held in jail on a 1 million dollar bond.
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