Nationwide Hunt, Authorities Release New Details

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By Danielle Plogmann

TV9 just received this news release from investigators:

GALENA, IL - Sheriff Brian Melton reports that the search continues for Douglas Paul Maring, who remains at-large. An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday on Maring for first-degree murder. Maring is considered armed and dangerous. The search and arrest warrant stems from an incident that occurred Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the early morning hours that involved the death of Maring’s 8-year-old son. The following is Maring’s description and a possible vehicle he may be driving.

DOUGLAS PAUL MARING
DOB: 02/23/76
male, 6 feet tall, 155 lbs.
Hair: short, brown
Eyes: blue
Possibly Driving Stolen Vehicle: 2005 olive/light green Chevrolet Malibu Illinois Registration 825 4607
2 SUNBOW PATH
GALENA, ILLINOIS 61036

The victim is identified as 8-year-old Anthony Maring, son of Heidi and Douglas Maring.

An autopsy on Anthony Maring’s body was performed Thursday morning by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office in Rockford, Ill. The preliminary findings confirmed that Anthony Maring did not die as a result of the motor vehicle crash. The preliminary finding was that Anthony Maring died as a result of hemorrhagic shock from a knife wound to the chest.

The investigation and search continues by the Illinois State Police and Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office. Assisting agencies have included:

Jo Daviess County Coroner Bill Miller
Galena Territory Fire Department
Jo Daviess County States Attorney Terry Kurt
Apple Canyon Lake Fire Department
Galena Police Department
East Dubuque Police Department
Galena Fire Department
Dubuque Police Department
Galena Area Ambulance Service
Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office
Scales Mound Fire Department Grant County (WI) Sheriff’s Office
Lafayette County (WI) Sheriff’s Office
Galena Territory POA Security

At this time, no further press conferences are being scheduled unless new information helpful to the search is received or Douglas Maring is located and/or arrested.

If you have encountered Douglas Paul Maring or have any information on this incident or Maring’s location please contact Illinois State Police Investigations at 815-239-1152 or the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office at 815-777-2141 or 800-373-7838.

Sheriff Melton would like to again express his gratitude to the media for their patience and continued assistance and coverage with this search.

The following is Dave Franzman's report from midday:

GALENA, IL - The manhunt for a Dubuque-area man suspected of murdering his 8-year-old son is entering a second day and law enforcement officials nationwide have joined the hunt.

Douglas Maring, 30, of Galena, Illinois, is the subject of the now nationwide search. Authorities in Illinois believe Maring killed his 8-year-old son Anthony after his truck crashed earlier Wednesday morning.

Jo Daviess, Illinois Sheriff Brian Melton and investigators are not available Thursday morning because they are conferring with Illinois state investigators to see where they stand in the search for the murder suspect who lives in Galena but works in Dubuque.

Early Wednesday morning, authorities began searching for Maring and his son after responding to a domestic call. They found the boy wounded inside his father's crashed work truck. The boy died later at a Dubuque hospital.

Police believe Maring killed his son and the injuries from the crash were not the cause of his death.They say Maring fled the scene in a stolen car while police desperately tried to save his son.

One thing investigators have not released yet is the exact cause of death although they say they have found the murder weapon.

Douglas Maring is still considered armed and dangerous. He is described as 6 feet tall, 155 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes. Investigators say Wednesday he was driving a stolen Chevy Malibu with Illinois license plate number 825 4607.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Illinois state employees or any local law enforcement office.

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