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Man charged in Metro East missing persons case

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(photo courtesy Illinois State Police)
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Kevin Reid

By Adam Allington, KWMU

Collinsville, IL – Authorities in the Metro East have charged a 51-year-old man in the deaths of two long-missing cousins, nineteen year old Anquiaette Parker and four year old Cermen Toney Jr.

Kevin Reid was charged on Friday with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of intentional homicide for Parker's unborn child.

Daisy Brown was the grandmother of the two cousins. She said finding the remains has brought some closure to the family but many questions remain unanswered.

"There's a lot of unanswered questions because I know they can't tell us all of the details, but they just said three bodies, they never said anything about her baby. She was going to have a baby and they never said anything about it."

Police would not confirm if Reid is the only suspect.

Several years ago police doubted they would ever find the bodies of the two cousins; they mysteriously went missing while Parker was babysitting four year old "C.J.".

The remains were found when a bulldozer uncovered an underground cistern on property near Collinsville, formerly owned by the parents of Kevin Reid.

Jim Morrisey of the Illinois state police says they had thoroughly searched the property back several years ago.

"We searched this property on numerous occasions using search and rescue teams, electronic equipment, ground penetrating radar, cadaver dogs, you name it we've tried everything we could to recovery Anquiaette and Cermen."

The Reid's sold the property one year ago. Since that time Kevin Reid has been living on the street.

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