Champaign Police Conduct Death Investigation

On March 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM, Police responded to the Carle Hospital Emergency Department on a report that Luke Miller, age 15, was receiving medical treatment. Luke was later airlifted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at 9:53 PM. An autopsy will be conducted by the Saint Louis City Medical Examiner’s Office and is scheduled for 9:00 AM on March 13th, which will be attended by detectives from the Champaign Police Department.

Champaign Police currently have an active death investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Luke Miller. As such, it is anticipated that Champaign Police will have no further comment on this investigation until sometime after the autopsy has been completed.

Although preliminary information suggests this to be an isolated incident, additional Champaign Police officers will be present at Centennial to speak with students and assist with ensuring the safety of students throughout the day.

Champaign Police will be the exclusive agency to receive or distribute any information about this incident, and ask that anyone with information about this investigation to call the Champaign Police Investigation Division at (217) 351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.

Citizens are reminded that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes that information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.

Crime Stoppers tips can be shared by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at; or through the “P3 Tips” mobile application.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Media Contact | Deputy Chief Troy Daniels | 217-202-7355 | [email protected]