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Protesters demand justice in Robert Bee investigation

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PEKIN, Ill. (WEEK) -- Emotions ran high Saturday, four years after a Pekin teenager disappeared.

Loved ones are now demanding justice.

"I can't believe the lengths people are willing to go to try to solve this it shows how desperately the community wants this solved," said Ash Patinol, who came to Saturday's protest.

It has been four years since 13-year-old Robert Bee ran away from a truancy officer in Pekin.

His remains were found in July of 2017 behind a home on Route 29.

On Saturday, protesters marched and drove around the Pekin Police Department to remember and fight for Robert Bee.

"Banzais not been forgotten and whats more important is the other kids in this community, the other families in this community. it would be nice to know that whoever did this cannot end up hurting their children," said Patinol.

Their demand is for the state police to step in.

That is because no one has been arrested or charged in connection with Bee's death.

"He didn't get justice when he was alive he deserves justice now that both DCFS, his mother has failed him and now the Pekin police department is failing him now that he's gone so he deserves justice at one point in time and now is the time," said Bee's sister, Stephanie Bee-Clauser.

In a statement, the Pekin Police say "the department investigations division contacted the Illinois State Police Zone 4 investigations division within days of Robert Bee going missing in 2016...and requested assistance with the investigation. ISP Zone 4 Investigations Command and Special Agents have assisted with numerous facets of the investigation and have continued to assist throughout the investigation.  Pekin Investigations Command and Zone 4 Command continue to collaborate on the investigation, which is still ongoing.

"It's heart wrenching, I mean its horrible like it should never have gone this far, this should have never happened. We will make a difference, we will get justice and I wont stop, I wont stop," said Bee-Clauser.

Andie Bernhardt

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