Maquon man missing, had relationship with woman charged with concealing dead body

Samuel Lisec
Galesburg Register-Mail
Rick Young, left, with then mayor of Maquon Danny Thomas, right, on the day Young retired as the town's sole police officer in 2013. Young was hired by the town in 1980.

MAQUON — Rick Young has not been seen in months. One Maquon resident said she last saw him in the spring, while others say it’s been over a year. 

The Knox County Sheriff’s Department has not opened a missing persons case for Young because he has not officially been reported missing. Young is a 62-year-old retired police officer who had worked for the town of about 200 people 17 miles southeast of Galesburg for over 30 years before retiring.

Young’s “name comes up in the investigation” regarding the dead body found Oct. 7 in a storage unit in Maquon, according to Brad Davis, detective with the sheriff’s department. The identity of that body remains unknown due to a lack of “usable” DNA samples and the need for more forensic tests. Police have not released a cause of death.

Marcy Oglesby, 50, was arrested Oct. 11 and charged with one count of concealment of death, a Class 4 felony, by Knox County State’s Attorney Jeremy Karlin in connection to the human remains found at Roberts-Self Storage, 105 E Third St. in Maquon. Oglesby has maintained her plea of not guilty and remains in custody in the Knox County Jail. 

Court documents and sources connect Oglesby and Young. Davis said that Oglesby and Young at one point lived together. In 2020, Oglesby pleaded guilty to forging a document with Young’s name on it. Maquon residents say Oglesby and Young had been a couple for at least 15 years and that Oglesby told them over previous months where Young was.

“We're looking into pretty much everything with Marcy as far as who she's been in contact with,” Davis said. “So yea, he (Young) would be part of the investigation.”

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Oglesby told residents Young was at Iowa City hospital

Mardell May, 71, director of Maquon’s Public Library, said she last saw Young when he and Oglesby came into the library together sometime last spring. In the months that followed, May said Oglesby came into the library once a week to update her on Young’s status.

“She'd come in here for months, telling this story about Rick was in the hospital and then he had to go to Iowa City, and all this stuff. But nobody could get an address,” May said. “ ‘Well you couldn't call him because his vocal chords were damaged from an operation.’ The whole long story, my gosh. So we're like OK. We can't prove otherwise.”

May recalled that Oglesby last visited her in the library on Oct. 6, a day before the human remains were found. During that visit, Oglesby told May that Young was being cared for in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System facility in Iowa City. 

“I wouldn't even have to ask,” May said. 

A house located at 114 E. Third St. in Maquon, located across the street where the human remains were discovered at Roberts Self-Storage, that Oglesby resided in. Judge Richard Gambrell has ruled that if Oglesby posts bond, she is not allowed to have contact with another woman who resides there.

Jim Treadway, 51, said he was walking to uptown Maquon for the Spoon River Drive on Oct. 1 when he passed Oglesby sitting outside her house at 114 E. 3rd St. Having not seen Young in at least a year, Treadway said he asked Oglesby how Young was doing. 

“She had told me that him and two of his friends went on a short trip and he was working on things on his bucket list,” Treadway said. “For the last year she had been telling everybody in town that he was in Iowa City and they moved him up there because of his cancer. That is what she was telling people so that's where I thought he was.”

Brian Mitchell, 53, is a Maquon resident who last saw Young about a year and a half ago. Mitchell said Young had previously told him that he and Oglesby bought a place in Dahinda. 

When Mitchell noticed that a mobile home he knew Young was working on outside Oglesby’s residence was no longer parked there, he figured Young had left Maquon.

“Everything disappeared over here so I figured that they all moved to Dahinda. Then rumor is now that he moved to Iowa to be closer to his cancer center, which I knew that wasn't right,” Mitchell said. “We all wondered what happened to him.” 

The Register-Mail reached out to Oglesby through her attorney Knox County Chief Public Defender David M. Hansen but Hansen declined to comment.

Oglesby charged with forging Young’s name in 2020

Dennis Parker is a former Maquon village president who recalls being on the village board when Young moved to Maquon in 1980 to be hired as the town’s sole police officer. Young was married in 1980, but the couple divorced in 2002. Young retired from his police job in 2013.

Parker, 78, believes Young and Oglesby met sometime in the 1990s. Danny Thomas, another former Maquon village president, said it is possible that Young and Oglesby met during the period of time that Oglesby was on the Maquon Village Board.

Parker said he hasn't seen Young in a over a year, and Thomas said he has not seen him in a couple years.

In January 2020, Oglesby was arrested and charged with three counts of forgery, a class 3 felony. Two of those counts included forging checks with Rick Young’s name on them, one for $250 and one for $596.

Two of the counts of forgery were dismissed by the state in a negotiated plea, but Oglesby pleaded guilty to one count — for forging the $596 check with Young’s name on it. She was sentenced to 24 months of second-chance probation. 

As previously reported, Oglesby was charged on Oct. 17 with two new counts of forgery and two new counts of possession of firearms without a requisite FOID card, all class 3 felonies.

The charges, brought forward by Assistant State’s Attorney Ashley Worby, state that on two separate occasions in May 2022 Oglesby knowingly possessed firearms belonging to the deceased individual and delivered a bill of sale to a buyer for firearms that was purported to have been made by Young. Authorities have not named the deceased individual.

Young used the storage unit as a workshop

Davis said Young, at least several years ago, lived with Oglesby in the house located across the street from where the human remains were found. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department has not specified which unit the human remains were found in or who the “owner” of the specific unit they were found in was. Josh Treadway, 19, lives with his father Jim Treadway three houses down from Roberts-Self Storage. Josh said he saw police open unit No. 29 after they arrived at the facility on the evening of Oct. 7.

Numerous Maquon residents said Young used unit No. 29 at Roberts-Self Storage as his own personal workshop. They said Young liked to tinker with things like firearms and take care of small animals there. 

According to the Oct. 8 release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, the human remains were found after a complaint of suspicious odor was made. 

The owner (who was not identified) of the unit first told deputies that the smell was coming from an opossum that had died in the storage unit. When the owner was asked to open a large box within the unit, the owner told police there was a body in the box.

Mark Thomas, who has been village president of Maquon since 2021, said he was inside his own storage unit at Roberts Self-Storage June to retrieve a couch for the town’s bulky-trash day when he smelled something foul. Thomas said his storage unit is nearby storage unit No. 29.

“I could smell something then that was abnormal, had no clue what it was,” Thomas said. “Obviously, I would have never expected it to be that. I just assumed that there was a rat or something that got in there and can't see it.”