- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

DIXON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in Lee County are following new leads in the unsolved killing of a woman shortly after the 20th anniversary of her death.

Amy Todd Fleming, 25, was found strangled at her home in rural Lee County on Jan. 11, 1996. Fleming, a middle school special education teacher, was found by co-workers after she didn’t show up for work that morning.

Lee County Detective Sgt. Shane Miller said that after news articles were published about Fleming’s case on the 20th anniversary of her death, he has gotten as many as four calls in one day with tips on the case.

Miller told The (Dixon) Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1lD67c7) that the sheriff’s office has six to eight new leads, some with information they’ve never heard before.

“We’ve been given good information that is going to help our investigation.” He said.

It’s too early to say whether the new leads will help solve the case, Miller said. But he said it’s “more information than we’ve received in years.”

Authorities believe they know Fleming’s killing wasn’t a random act and wasn’t a burglary, and they believe some people questioned in the investigation have been evasive and untruthful.

Assistance on the case has come from law enforcement agencies throughout northern Illinois, as well as Illinois State Police and the FBI. More than 500 interviews were done, and evidence from Fleming’s case takes up most of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department’s major-case evidence room.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott has said that the fact that there’s no known motive for Fleming’s killing has made the case difficult to solve.

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Information from: Dixon Telegraph, https://www.saukvalley.com

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