Press conference to address murder

By Stewart Warren

A press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today about a brutally murdered DeKalb resident whose body was found amidst the wreckage of her burned apartment in 1988.

Lisa Garretson’s body was found strangled to death on Aug. 21, 1988, in her apartment at 110 State St. Garretson was 26.

The conference will be held at the DeKalb Police Department, 200 S. Fourth St.

Officials declined to comment on the case; however, all insisted that an important announcement will be made.

DeKalb County Jail officials also declined comment, saying only an official statement would be available early Tuesday.

Prior releases from the police department indicated that an accelerant was used in the fire.

Garretson’s older brother, Glen Garretson, 43, said the family was trying to decide Monday night “whether we want to go or to steer clear of the press conference.

“We’ve heard throughout the investigation that there was progress and then it wouldn’t work out,” Garretson said.

Autopsy reports revealed that semen was found in her body. The police never ruled out rape.

Robbery was not a motive in the slaying, but no other motives have been eliminated, Sgt. Chuck Kross said.

Cocaine and cannibis were found in Garretson’s apartment, he said.

Glen Garretson said he does not know who killed his sister. “We had suspects in our minds at first for various reasons, but the facts changed through the case and we stopped speculating,” he said.

Garretson graduated from NIU in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She worked full-time at Cardinal Glass, 1651 State St. and part-time as a waitress at the Kishwaukee Country Club.