Police have taken someone in for questioning in the disappearance and death of bartender Kaitlyn Kearns in Joliet, Ill. She was found murdered Wednesday
Police in Will County, Illinois Thursday took into custody a person of interest in the disappearance and subsequent murder of a young bartender, earlier in the week.
24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns of Mokena, was reported missing only to be found dead in a car after completing a bartending shift at Woody’s Bar in Joliet, Tuesday.
the report filed by the victim’s father prompted police to issue a search warrant for a nearby motorcycle gang clubhouse, according to a press release from the Will County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Lt. Dan Jungles said Kearns left Woody’s at around 1.30 am on November 13 and reportedly visited the clubhouse after.
“We’re still trying to piece everything together,” he said.
Kaitlyn Kearns was reported missing by her dad on Tuesday. Her body was found the next day
The 24-year-old was reported missing by her dad on Tuesday. ABC 7 Chicago reported that Kearns’ body was found inside her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday parked in a rural area of Kankakee County.
She was found with a single gunshot wound to the head. Police believe that Kaitlyn was the intended target of this homicide.
Police Thursday, took a person of interest for questioning at the Outlaws clubhouse, following the disappearance and death of a bartender in Joliet, Ill. on Nov, 13
The last time was seen alive, Kearns reportedly, left Woody’s Bar around 1.30 am on Nov 13 and visited the Motorcycle gang clubhouse after
As part of the investigation, officials searched the Outlaws Motorcycle Club meeting place on Thursday morning, where a vehicle was taken away, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Kearns’ father, Kevin Kearns, told the outlet he was unaware whether his daughter had been friendly with anyone in the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.
“We don’t know anything. I have no clue,” he said.
One person is reportedly being questioned about Kearns’ disappearance and death. Police will not say whether he is a suspect in the homicide.
Police say detectives believe this was a targeted attack and there is no threat to the public at this time.
Kearns was reported missing Tuesday. She was last seen around 1:30 a.m. Monday at Woody’s Bar in Joliet, where she worked. Her shift had ended at midnight.
Later Monday morning, she was a no-show at her other job at Cafe Miele in nearby Orland Park.
By Monday evening, when she had not returned to the home she shared with her dad and sister, the family knew something was wrong.
Matt Kearns, laments the death of his sister Kaitlyn
“We talk all the time. We’re always there for each other, so I’m scared she’s not around,” said Matt Kearns, her brother.
He had helped his sister get a job working with him at Barraco’s Pizzeria in Orland Park. Her family said she was always a hard worker and recently took a third job at Woody’s to pay for car repairs.
The club for bikers which flies the Confederate and American flags out front, with a sign on the front door that says, “Is there life after death? Trespass here and find out.” is down the street from the Joliet bar, where Kearns was last seen after she finished her shift as a bartender Sunday night.