Bikers ride for a murdered teen, demand change in missing children laws
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CHAMPAIGN, IL (BIKER DAD)–Bikers ride for a murdered teen, demanding change to Illinois’ laws when it comes to missing children. 14-year-old Steven Butler III was found dead days after his father reported him missing. The state didn’t send out a missing child alert.
The president of the Freedom Cruisers sent Biker Dad video of Steven’s Ride. The Saturday event was a push for Steven’s Law. That would require any missing person under the age of 18 to be considered missing and endangered.
Daryl Vandyke, 55, is now accused of bludgeoning the boy to death with an ax according to a local TV station. The boy’s body was not found for days.
Bikers signed a petition to get the law changed while taking part in the ride. “We’re here to join them because we need to make a difference together and the more that we are out, the more we do these community events and having that awareness the better chance we have of saving our missing kids,” Gia Wright with the Missing Persons Awareness Network told the TV station.
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Police say the suspect is an acquaintance of Steven’s father.