Champaign Police Conduct Death Investigation – UPDATE

On March 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM, Champaign Police officers responded to the Carle Hospital Emergency Department after receiving a report that Luke Miller, age 15, was receiving medical treatment for a serious medical condition. Luke was subsequently airlifted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. where he was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at 9:53 PM.

Today, an autopsy was performed by the Saint Louis City Medical Examiner’s Office. The results of the autopsy are pending additional laboratory analysis and testing. Until additional testing is complete, a determination as to whether the death was a result of a traumatic injury or medical issue is not possible. Therefore, no additional comment regarding the cause of death will be made at this time.

The death of Luke Miller remains an open, active investigation. Numerous tips and information have been provided to detectives, which has resulted in the identification of both factual and fictional information. Champaign Police detectives continue to 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 | Lieutenant David Shaffer | (217) 403-7030 | [email protected]