“It’s really heartbreaking” Shocked neighbors after a suspicious traffic stop led to the death of a woman from Freeburg

FREEBURG, Illinois — A community is responding to a woman found dead in Freeburg, Illinois Wednesday night after a suspicious traffic stop led police to her home.

Belleville police pulled over a truck around 7 p.m. Wednesday for making a wrong turn. During the traffic check, officers found that the truck did not belong to the driver.

Police said they searched it and found evidence that led them to believe the driver may have been involved in a violent crime.

An hour later and seven miles away, Freeburg Police conducted a health check on the truck owner at her home in Deerfield Court.

They found 55-year-old Linda Waller dead. Police have not yet released any information about the cause or motive.

“It’s really heartbreaking that someone could take her life like that,” said Vicki Horak, a neighbor.

For a community of fewer than 5,000 people, the murder, the first since the 1970s, is a sudden tragedy.

Her neighbor’s house across the street stands in stark contrast to the darkness that has washed over Waller’s house.

“It just looks different this morning, kind of haunting,” said a neighbor.

“It was just a shock, it was incredible,” said Mike Rau, a neighbor and relative. “She was a very sweet girl, full of life. She had her daughter and two granddaughters with her for years.”

Rau said she was a trusting woman but now wonders if she is being too trusting.

“She’s always left the door open, the inside open,” he said. “So she could see out, wallet and keys by the door.”

Belleville and Freeburg Police Departments are investigating. The suspect remains in custody. Charges are likely to follow.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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