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updated: 8/4/2014 10:02 AM

Police finish search in Dwight killings

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Associated Press

SHERIDAN, Ill. -- Illinois State Police said Monday that they're processing evidence found during a large-scale ground search in northern Illinois connected to shootings that left a Dwight mother and daughter dead.

More than 100 law enforcement and fire officials from six agencies participated in the four-hour search on Sunday. It took place over about 26 acres in the Sheridan area, about 40 miles north of Dwight. The search also was focused on solving recent Grundy County burglaries.

"Investigators are in the process of identifying evidence and items that were found," Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said in an email. She didn't offer details on what was found.

Donna Denker, 60, and Kelli Denker, 30, were killed June 14. Police haven't made any arrests, though authorities previously said they recovered a gun used in the shootings. Officials have asked for the public to provide them with any leads in the case. A $10,000 reward is available for information.

Donna Denker was a retired mental health technician and Kelli Denker was a manager at the Dwight Dairy Queen. Dwight is about 75 miles southwest of Chicago in Livingston County.

Illinois State Police, Dwight and Morris police, fire officials and the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office participated in the search.

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