'Major Mistakes' in Riley Fox Murder Investigation: Report

Investigators missed important details, consulting firm says

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    A review of the Riley Fox murder investigation made by a private consultant has determined "major mistakes" were made by investigators assigned to the case.

    Andrews International was hired by the Will County Sheriff's Department to scrutinize why detectives wrongly pinned the 3-year-old's murder on her father, Kevin Fox.

    In its 45-page report, Andrews determined the management of the investigation was almost nonexistent and police missed opportunities from the beginning that could have led to the killer.

    "Investigators were too quick to dismiss the idea that the Riley Fox murder may have been a stranger crime, and they were too focused on Kevin Fox to correct their error," the report said.

    Kevin Fox spent eight months in jail before DNA evidence cleared him of his daughter's death.

    Another man, Scott Eby, pleaded guilty in November to sexual assault and murder to forestall a death sentence