Murder victim's family asks for public's help

By Audrey Wise

June 5, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria Police continue to investigate the murder of Terri Anderson. Meanwhile, her family is pleading for the public's help.

Terri Anderson, 56, went missing several weeks ago. Anderson's ex-husband was the last to see her alive.

Her body was found this past weekend along North Galena Road. The coroner says she was strangled to death.

"After several days, we knew whatever the answer would be, it wouldn't be a good one," said Abby Humbles, Anderson's sister.

When Terri Anderson's lifeless body was found it was of course not the answer the family wanted, but her sister Abby Humbles said she had a sense of relief knowing.

Humbles said their family has kind of been in a fog since this tragic situation started. Adding it's especially hard on Terri's three sons, her five grandchildren and their father.

"What we want is to honor Terri right now," said Humbles. "We're just thankful that she's been found. We're not going to focus on justice right now, but I think eventually the family will probably be a little bit more anxious to get some answers."

Humbles said the family has their thoughts on who could be responsible for Anderson's murder, but they aren't sharing those. She adds detectives are working hard to gather evidence and solve this murder mystery, but that takes time and people coming forward with any tidbit of information they may have.

Humbles said, "Asking anyone who might have known Terri or anyone who was associated or involved with Terri to please come forward and say something to the investigators."

Anyone with information is asked to call Peoria Police or Crimestoppers at 673-9000.

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