Woman found dead in East Peoria gas station

By Holly Eitenmiller For Chronicle Media

The body of a 27-year-old East Peoria woman was discovered by an employee in a locked gas station bathroom in East Peoria on May 6.

William Wright, an employee of the Mobil gas station at 1785 Meadow Ave., opened the store on the morning of May 6 and was performing routine duties, when he discovered the locked bathroom.

He found the body of Stephanie L. Bradley slumped against the door and phoned police, who arrived at around 8:20 a.m. Officers were forced to remove the door by its hinges.

Bradley was pronounced dead at the scene at 10 a.m.

The small, unisex bathroom is located inside the store, behind the beverage coolers and is accessible to the public with permission, though many who frequent the gas station are aware of its location and freely access it.

Police believe Bradley entered the store while it was open. The Mobil station closes at midnight on Saturdays. It is not known if police found any drug paraphernalia or weapons in the bathroom.

The gas station remained closed until noon on May 6. East Peoria Police Sgt. Brian Dispenis said there was no vehicle belonging to Bradley at the gas station that day.

She was the mother of four children and posted to her Facebook page that she began working at Basta at East Port restaurant in April.

An investigation into the death of Stephanie Bradley, 27, is ongoing, after he her body was discovered Sunday morning in a gas station bathroom. William Wright found Bradley slumped against the locked bathroom door after opening the Mobil station on Meadow Avenue in East Peoria. Bradley was pronounced dead at the scene. (Photo by Holly Eitenmiller / for Chronicle Media)

A friend of Bradley’s said she was dumbfounded to hear of Bradley’s death and said she had not known to use any sort of illicit drugs, though she said it had “been a while” since they last spoke. Others are expressing similar shock on Facebook.

Kristyn Sharp wrote, “I wish we could have talked one last time and I wish I could have hugged you one last time … a beautiful girl taken too soon.”

“Words cannot even begin to describe how hurt I am. You were my best friend,” wrote Katrina Sanford. “We grew up together. You were my sister. We had so many plans for the summer … I will always love you forever. I hope you knew that.”

Tazewell County Coroner Brian Foley said there were no obvious signs of foul play or trauma. An investigation is ongoing and the results of toxicology reports are expected within six weeks.




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