George H. Bricking Jr. was arrested at his employer located in Sauget Thursday morning. Bricking is being charged with first-degree murder in the 1995 murder of Christine Foster.
Derik Holtmann — BND
By BETH HUNDSDORFER NEWS-DEMOCRAT — --
George Bricking Jr. probably thought it was going to be another day at his job making hamburger patties Thursday, until St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson and deputies showed up with a first-degree murder warrant for him.
Watson and his deputies arrived at Holten Meats in Sauget about 9:15 a.m. to pick up Bricking, 53, in connection with the murder of Christine Foster, 35, of Collinsville, whose partially clothed body was found in a drainage ditch by a man walking his dog on Dutch Hollow Road off Illinois 161 near Belleville on May 20, 1995.
They went to the human resources' manager's officer and asked for Bricking, Chief Investigator Scott Weymouth said. He was cuffed in the hallway, Weymouth said, and offered no reaction or resistance.
"We are praying for the Bricking family," said Kay Bridges, Foster's sister. "We are sure they are sad ... but George has walked around for 17 years. He needs to pay for his sins."
This is the second cold case in St. Clair County in less than a week where an arrest has been made.
Foster was last seen outside the Downtown Abbey on East Main Street in Belleville just after the 2 a.m. closing time when a fight broke out in the parking lot. Bricking told police he pulled his motorcycle to the curb to watch when Foster asked him for a ride home.