Man Arrested in Sex Assault, Murder of 8-Year-Old Who Vanished While Waiting for Church Bus

OLNEY, Ill. -- A man has been arrested in the death and sexual assault of an 8-year-old Illinois girl who disappeared while waiting for a church bus last week.

Glen Ramey, 53, was arrested for first-degree murder and predatory sexual assault in connection to the death of 8-year-old Sabrina Stauffenberg.

On Nov. 23, Sabrina disappeared while waiting on the porch of her home for a church bus, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

“She was standing on her front porch, waiting for the church bus. She was on the phone with her grandma at the time,” Denise Haley, who is a friend of Sabrina’s family and resides a few houses away, told BND. “She was telling her grandma that the church bus hadn’t come yet.”

When Sabrina's grandmother hung up to call the church to find out why the bus was late, the 8-year-old girl disappeared, Haley said.

Sabrina Stauffenberg, GoFundMe

Sabrina Stauffenberg, GoFundMe

Sabrina's aunt, who was home at the time, suspected the girl had been lured away since she didn't hear any commotion, BND reports.

Search crews later found Sabrina's body near a vinegar plant.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Ramey was taken into custody for first-degree murder and predatory sexual assault.

Haley told BND that Ramey had been dating one of Sabrina's relatives.

He is currently being held at Richland County Jail.

Glen Ramey, Richland County Jail

Glen Ramey, Richland County Jail

No other information has been released at this time.

Haley has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Sabrina's funeral expenses.