Downtown club owner found dead of stab wounds in suspicious fire

By WEEK Reporter

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM CDT

Peoria Police have released pictures of someone they are calling a “person of interest” in the death of a downtown bar owner.

Police released pictures of a man wearing what appears to be a knit cap and a hooded sweatshirt.

Firefighters found the body of Todd Scholl, 47, inside a burning building late Wednesday night.

Firefighters were called to a mixed-use apartment complex around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. They evacuated some 25 residents from apartments on the second story after smoke filled the building at 111 SW Perry in Peoria.

When firefighters arrived, there were flames showing from the first floor.

The Peoria County Coroner said Scholl's body was found on the ground level in a storage area.

Autopsy results released Thursday evening showed Scholl suffered multiple stab wounds, and was dead before the fire reached him.

"We've spoken to some people that were in the area or may have some knowledge, we're trying to make contact with others,” said Peoria Police Captain Mike Eddlemon.

Scholl owns two downtown bars, Club Diesel and Berlin, on Main Street just across the street from where the fire started.

If the fire was set, it means someone was willing to put the 25 residents of the upstairs apartments at risk in an attempt to destroy evidence in Todd Scholl's death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Peoria Police or Crimestoppers at (309) 673-9000.

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