Police: Woman didn't know accused shooter

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

— Illinois police called off a search Tuesday evening after two hours of looking for a man suspected of fatally shooting a Janesville woman in an SUV on Interstate 90/39 early Sunday.

Police do not think the victim, Lori A. Daniels, 36, of 3100 Glenbarr Drive, Janesville, knew the man accused of shooting her. Nor do they know a motive, said Lt. Kurt Cavanaugh with the Illinois State Police.

Police have issued a warrant charging Kody R. P. Walsh, 22, Rockford, Ill., with Daniels' murder. Police consider Walsh armed and dangerous, Cavanaugh said.

Police searched near Walsh's home after a neighbor reported seeing Walsh, the Rockford Register Star reported.

Daniels lived with her two children on Janesville's far south side. She was the assistant director of programming at Rock Valley Community Programs, Janesville.

Police don't think Daniels knew Walsh, Cavanaugh said.

"Every indication is that there were no connections between the two," he said.

Cavanaugh said Daniels might have known the Beloit man who drove the SUV but said he was "not even an acquaintance."

Walsh and the Beloit man were at State Street Station in Rockford when they met Daniels. She asked for a ride to Beloit.

The three got into the Beloit man's Ford Explorer at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Daniels sat in the front seat and Walsh in the back. Police believe Walsh shot Daniels in the head while the SUV was driving north on I-90/39 near Machesney Park, Ill., according to police reports.

Walsh threatened the Beloit man and told him to drive to the man's home. There, Walsh assaulted the man, took his SUV and returned south on the Interstate, police said.

Police put out a bulletin for the vehicle. After a high-speed chase, Walsh crashed the SUV and fled on foot. He shot at police, who tried to set up a perimeter around the area. Walsh slipped away, police said.

Walsh has a criminal record in Illinois, but Cavanaugh said he did not know the details.

Last updated: 4:39 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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