Police Identify Woman Murdered in Palmyra and Locate Suspect

Police have identified the woman who was murdered in Palmyra. The body of 34-year-old Crystal Cooper, was found in a car in the 100 block of East Jefferson Street of Palmyra Friday morning. The suspect, Raymond Dean Gum, Jr., was arrested Saturday in Menard County, Illinois. It’s believed that the victim and suspect were in a relationship. Gum Jr. was arrested for Class A Felony of Murder in the First Degree and Felony Armed Criminal Action in connection to Cooper’s death. Gum Jr.’s bond was set at $1,000,000 and he was being held in Menard County over the weekend.