Man found dead in Farmer City

2013-09-08T03:00:00Z 2013-09-08T08:32:27Z Man found dead in Farmer CityH&R Staff Report Herald-Review.com
September 08, 2013 3:00 am  • 

FARMER CITY - The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect Saturday morning after a body was found in a Farmer City alley during the town’s Heritage Days festival, Sheriff Jered Shofner said.

A pedestrian discovered the body of Blayne J. Benefield, 21, of rural Farmer City. Police arrested a suspect, who Shofner declined to identify, around 11 a.m.

“We feel that there is no longer a threat to public safety and we want to remind people that the Farmer City Heritage Days events are still continuing as scheduled,” Shofner said.

Shofner declined to comment on the manner of the victim’s death, though he did confirm the preliminary investigation revealed Benefield’s death was a homicide.

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