Manhunt ends for suspect in two northern Illinois murders

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Terence Doddy

STERLING — Update from the Illinois State Police: Police apprehended Terence Doddy, 36, of Rockford at approximately 11:23 a.m. on July 4, as he appeared to head in the direction of Wisconsin. 

The sightings began on Wednesday night (July 3) at approximately 8 p.m., when Doddy was spotted by an off duty Winnebago County police officer near Machesney Park. At approximately 11 a.m., on July 4, Doddy was spotted in Rockton after an ISP District 16 trooper observed the Gray Nissan matching the description of Tonya Bargman’s vehicle.

ISP Air Operations also observed the area and provided aerial support on sightings and locations. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the law enforcement alert (Rock Island County Sheriff’s, Beloit PD, Winnebago County Sheriff’s, & Rockford PD) in an attempt to apprehend Doddy. Doddy finally lost control of the Nissan and ISP troopers immediately took him into custody with the assistance of Winnebago Sheriff’s and Beloit PD. No other injuries were reported.

Illinois State Police investigators had been working with Rockford Police Department, U.S. Marshals and law enforcement nationwide to locate a person of interest, Doddy who is a suspect in the murders of Tonya Bargman, 44 of Monticello, on July 1 at the Willow Creek rest stop in Sterling and Todd Hansmeier, 37, that occurred on June 30 in Rockford.

ISP Investigators have obtained new surveillance video and are now releasing more information on Bargman’s Gray 2013 Nissan Altima bearing Illinois registration BERGMN2 with specific details that include a silver colored "Illini Nissan" decal located at the lower rear bumper of the vehicle.

Police also believe that Doddy may be in possession of a blue dome styled camping tent .

Police are providing an updated photo of Doddy obtained from store surveillance where Doddy is believed to be in the process of exiting a store location with several items.

The store is not being named at this time, but is located in the Rockford area.

Investigators have issued law enforcement alerts nationwide and police have received numerous tips and leads from the public. Anyone with any information or sightings of the vehicle should immediately call 911.

Law enforcement officials continue to urge the public to take the necessary safety precautions when visiting rest stop areas, campgrounds and other outdoor areas during the holiday weekend.