Sarah Avon missing: Will County police still seek answers 40 years after girl's Joliet disappearance

Missing girl Will County: Sheriff's Office named William Redden person of interest

ByABC 7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Answers still sought 40 years after Sarah Avon disappearance in Joliet
Will County investigators have named a person of interest in the 40-year-old cold case.

JOLIET, Ill. (WLS) -- Wednesday marks 40 years since a 6-year-old girl vanished from her home in Will County.

Sarah Avon's disappearance shocked the community, and the cold case remains open.

Last year, the Will County Sheriff's Office named William Redden as a person of interest.

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He has since died, but police are still looking to see if anyone has information linking Redden to Avon to bring closure to her family.

The 6-year-old girl vanished from in front of her Joliet Township home during the early evening hours of July 21, 1981.

If anyone has information about the case or Redden, contact the Will County Sheriff's Office Detectives Unit at 815-727-8574. You can also leave anonymous tips on the Will County Sheriff's website at

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You can also contact Will County Crime Stoppers by telephone at 800-323-6734, or by visiting