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Man Charged with Murder of Missing Illinois Student

Photo Courtesy - NIU Police Department(DEKALB, Ill.) -- William Curl, the man charged with the killing of Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller, could face the death penalty, a judge said Saturday at Curl's first court appearance. Curl, 34, of DeKalb, Ill., was ordered held on $5 million bail on charges of first-degree murder, criminal sexual assault and arson. A public defender has been appointed for Curl.

Keller, an 18-year-old art student, went missing on Oct. 14 after setting off alone into Prairie Park around noon. The young woman was last seen at her residence hall, when she told fellow students she was going to the popular park to get ideas for an art project. Two days later, burned human remains were found in the park. Prosecutors said in court that police found Keller's burned clothing and her cell phone near the remains.

Curl, who police said was known to frequent the park, was taken into custody Tuesday in Covington, La., on charges of obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of a motor vehicle. On Friday, he was extradited to Illinois.

Sources close to the investigation told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV that Curl came to the attention of the DeKalb police when he called them about a fire in the woods at Prairie Park, where Keller told friends she was going to work on an art project.

Police said last week that the human remains found Oct. 16 in the search for Keller were so badly burned that an autopsy would not be possible and more testing would be needed to identify them.

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