Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police say they have a juvenile in custody in connection with a shooting that killed an Essex Township man on September 6. 

Deputies were called to a home on 17000 West Road for a welfare check. When they got there, deputies say they found the body of 44-year-old Ryan Singler. 

Kankakee County Chief Deputy Coroner Eric Cavender stated the preliminary cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds.

On September 9, the juvenile was charged by Kankakee County Sheriff’s police with the homicide of Ryan Singler, 44, of Essex. 

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said that he cannot release any information or the name of the suspect since he is a juvenile.

Since 2016 under Illinois law, prosecutors must file a motion to transfer a homicide case involving a juvenile to criminal court, Rowe said.