Illinois State Police are searching for a man wanted for questioning in connection with two murders in the last three days, one in Rockford and one in Lee County.
Terence Doddy, 36, of Rockford, is a “person of interest” in connection with the death of Tonya Bargman, 44, Tuesday at a rest stop in Paw Paw, about 20 miles west of Aurora, and a Monday murder in Rockford, according to an alert from ISP.
About 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, an attendant at the Willow Creek Rest Stop on southbound I-39 at the 84 mile marker found an unresponsive female, police said.
Surveillance video shows her exiting the rest room and a male attacking her, police said.
Doddy was seen leaving the scene in the woman’s vehicle, a gray 2013 Nissan Altima with license plates BARGMN 2, police said.
He is also wanted by Rockford police in connection with a murder that occurred on Monday at a call center, police said.
The body of Todd Hansmeier, 37, an insurance salesman, was found badly beaten inside the business. He also suffered stab wounds. Police believe Doddy started the fire in an attempt to conceal the crime.
Family and friends remember Hansmeier as a sincere and honest person.
"It feels like a violation. Driving in here this morning I never want to step foot in that office again, but at the same time, if this was something caused by one of our employees, it's hard to describe," Hansmeier's co-worker, Steve Korn, said.
Police found Hansmeier's car at the Willow Creek rest stop in Paw Paw, off of I-39.
Dotty is also wanted on an aggravated domestic battery warrant. Court records show an emergency protection order was issued against hiim on July 18 after he allegedly attacked his wife.
Police are urging the public to take “necessary safety precautions” when visiting rest stops, especially during the Fourth of July weekend.
Anyone with information about Doddy’s whereabouts should call 911 or state police at 815-632-4010