Authorities in Sangamon County are actively seeking Gabriel P. Calixto, 25, in connection with the tragic killing of a 24-year-old woman in her Springfield home. Sangamon County State's Attorney, Dan Wright, confirmed the issuance of an arrest warrant for Calixto on charges of three counts of first-degree murder and aggravated domestic battery. The bond for his arrest has been set at $3 million.
Springfield Police, in collaboration with the U.S. Marshals Service and other agencies, are currently engaged in an intensive search to locate Calixto. The investigation was prompted by a distress call received by Sangamon County Dispatch from a woman in Bethalto, who expressed concerns that her brother may have harmed his girlfriend residing in Springfield. The call was made around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Upon responding to the call, Springfield Police arrived at the girlfriend's residence located in the 1000 block of S. 8th St. There, they discovered the lifeless body of a 24-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds.
Sangamon County Coroner, Jim Allmon, confirmed the identity of the Springfield woman as Emma Shafer, 24, of Springfield. The autopsy showed Shafer died from multiple sharp force injuries.
The death remains under investigation by the Sangamon County Coroner and the Springfield Police Department.