Mt. Vernon Man At-Large for Olney Man’s Death

Mt. Vernon Man At-Large for Olney Man’s Death

OLNEY – Zone 8 Investigators with the Illinois State Police (ISP) released additional information Monday on a Sunday morning shooting death in Olney, leading law enforcement officials to search for a 19-year-old male suspect in Mt. Vernon.

According to ISP, officers responded early Sunday morning to an area in Olney in reference to a homicide investigation, where 19-year-old Kyle M. Johnson, of Olney, was found in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

A homicide investigation led to 19-year-old Rick A. Meador being identified as a possible suspect in the case and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Meador is described as a white male, 5-feet 11-inches tall and weighing approximately 155 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He may be accompanied by a white juvenile female.

The search for the couple ultimately led to Mt. Vernon, where officers ultimately located a vehicle the two had likely been driving, but the pair was nowhere to be found and remain at large.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.  No additional information is currently available.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Special Agent Travis Rinehart via email at or by telephone at (217) 342-7881.

The Olney Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Vernon Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, District 12 Patrol and District 13 Patrol assisted ISP DCI Zone 8 in this on-going investigation.