DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Continues To Search For Answers In 2016 Sycamore Double-Murder

Andy Dahn
August 19, 2019 - 12:22 pm
Robert Wilson, left; his mother, Patricia Wilson

DeKalb County Sheriff Department


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Three years after a woman and her son were found murdered in their Sycamore home, DeKalb County authorities continue to search for answers.

"The community here in Sycamore has not forgotten," said Sheriff Roger Scott.

Sheriff Scott said the investigation into the murders of 85-year-old Patricia Wilson and her son, 64-year-old Robert Wilson in August of 2016 remains a top priority.

"Obviously, there were no witnesses," Scott said. "It was in a relatively rural area, though very close to the city of Sycamore. At this point, we have not been able to develop a clear motive."

At about 6 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2016, Patricia and Robert Wilson were found dead inside their home at 16058 Old State Road, outside Sycamore. Police went to the house after receiving a call for a death investigation. Police said there are signs that the killer or killers forced their way into the house, then beat the two to death before stealing a white 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The Impala was found 10 days later legally near parked Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

A DNA sample recovered at the scene has been a pivotal piece of evidence, and led to the release of sketches last year of what the suspect may have looked like at 18-, 25- and 40-years old. 

"We had a lot of leads that developed on that. Unfortunately, none of them have been successful," he said. 

Sycamore Double-Murder reward flyer
DeKalb County sheriff's office

A $50,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information.

"The investigators have interviewed, re-interviewed, been through the neighborhood many times and followed up every lead," Scott said. "We just are not able to complete the case at this point. But I believe someone knows something. We would hope that they would share that for the sake of the family."

Anyone with information they have not already given to police should contact DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272, or email