WATSEKA — Two men have been arrested in the death investigation of a Nashville, Ill., man whose body was found in a fuel tanker on June 4 near Buckley in Iroquois County.

The body of 29-year-old Garrett Meyer was discovered after two truck drivers noticed the fuel wasn’t flowing smoothly during unloading.

Nashville is located more than 240 miles from Kankakee in southern Illinois.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Detective Eric Starkey said both men were arrested in Kankakee. Billy T. Roof III, 33, of Kankakee, was apprehended Monday by U.S. Marshals, while Ryan D. Morrow, 37, of Tallula, Ill., was arrested Sunday by Kankakee police.

Both men were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and concealment of a death, according to police reports. Roof was additionally charged with unlawful use of account numbers.

The vehicle and account numbers belonged to Meyer, Starkey said.

According to online court records, Morrow’s bond was set by a judge at $50,000. Roof has not had his initial hearing.

The investigation continues, Starkey said, adding that anyone with information can call investigators at 815-432-6992.

Jeff Bonty is a reporter for The Daily Journal. He can be reached at jbonty@daily-journal.com and 815-937-3366.


Jeff Bonty has worked for The Daily Journal since September 1986, starting in the sports department before moving to news reporting in 2002. He's a native of Indiana and graduate of Purdue University. His email is jbonty@daily-journal.com.