Police continue to search for "person of interest" in club owner's death

By WEEK Producer

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 9:50 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria police and fire investigators are asking the public for help in locating a person of interest in connection with Wednesday night's homicide and fire.

The Peoria County Coroner said someone stabbed Todd Scholl, 47, multiple times before the building, at 111 SW Perry, was set on fire.

Firefighters found Scholl's body on the first floor in a storage area in the multi-use building just before midnight. Scholl, who owns two bars downtown, used the location to store inventory.

Peoria Police have released a picture of a man shown on video surveillance wearing a knit hat and hooded sweatshirt. He is considered a “person of interest” in the death.

One fire investigator said it appears the blaze was intentionally set.

"We've collected evidence from the scene. We will submit it to the Illinois State Police lab for forensic analysis,” said Peoria Fire Department Division Chief Phillip Maclin. “Once they've made a determination we will be notified of the results.”

Todd Scholl owned two downtown Peoria nightclubs, Diesel and Berlin.

Anyone with information on the Scholl’s death or the fire is asked to call Peoria Crimestoppers at (309) 673-9000.