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Green Bay Police: Leads developed in homicide case, public’s help needed in identifying victim

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 5:38 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2021 at 2:22 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE 9/29: Police say they have developed some leads during the early part of their investigation of a homicide case.

According to Green Bay Police, they’re looking into the leads, as well as additional information they say has devolved during the past 24 hours.

Specifics on the leads weren’t immediately released, and no other updates were immediately available about the investigation Wednesday afternoon. However, police say they will release new details as soon as information becomes available.

Officers were called to the area of Champeau Road and Sussex Road on the border of the campus and city property for a suspicious situation at about 12:26 a.m. Tuesday, where they say a small fire was found.

While the fire was extinguished, police say a body was found in the same area, specifically at the entrance of a trail system near the campus of UW-Green Bay on the city’s east side.

The victim has yet to be identified, and police have asked for the public to help with the identification:

Police say the victim is described as the following:

  • Light skinned male
  • Age: 20-30s
  • Short dark hair, trimmed beard
  • Medium build
  • About 6′

If you know the victim, call Crime Stoppers at 920-432-STOP (7867) or visit www.432stop.com

Officials add they still believe this was an isolated incident, and they don’t believe there is any danger to the public or the neighborhood.

Green Bay Police are continuing to work closely with the UWGB police, however, the city’s police department is taking the lead.

If you have information about the case, you’re asked to call Green Bay Police at 920-448-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 920-432-7867.

Action 2 News will continue to follow this story, and will provide updates as they become available.

INITIAL REPORT 9/28: Police say they are investigating a homicide after a body was found at the entrance of a trail system near the campus of UW-Green Bay on the city’s east side.

Investigators are still working to identify the victim. They’re asking for the public to help.

The victim is identified as:

  • Light skinned male
  • Age: 20-30s
  • Short dark hair, trimmed beard
  • Medium build
  • About 6′
  • If you know the victim, call Crime Stoppers at 920-432-STOP (7867) or visit www.432stop.com

About 12:30 a.m., police received a call that there was a suspicious situation going on on the border of the campus and city property. UWGB Police and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office had responded to a report of a fire and found a body.

“Where it happened, we’re not quite sure yet. Where we located the fire and the suspicious death was just at the entrance of the trail system,” says Capt. Ben Allen, Green Bay Police Department.

Allen called it a “disturbing situation.” He says the investigators do not believe the public is in immediate danger.

“We know someone came here, did this and left the area,” Allen says.

“It’s an area that’s pretty isolated, obviously a neighborhood area, so for us to discover this here was a bit of a shock,” the captain said.

UWGB Police say there is no known danger to campus. They area asking people to avoid the area. The northeast side of the trail was closed for nearly 12 hours.

The medical examiner’s office from Madison is assisting the Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office. A pathologist conducted a crime scene investigation.

Investigators have canvassed the area. They are reviewing surveillance camera footage.

“It’s going to be a long investigation. Working with the medical examiner’s office, going through that process. We are following up on some leads already through information that was obtained,” Allen says.

“I guess it can happen anywhere, but you know, to have it take place basically in your front yard is--yeah,” says Sue Pierson, a woman who lives across the scene.

Investigators have not identified a person of interest.

“Just based on some of the information that was gathered from the initial caller and from some of the neighbors and businesses in the area, we have some leads we are following,” Allen says.

Action 2 News will update this story when we get more information.

“Obviously there were some ill intentions brought, from what we can tell at this point. We think it was an isolated incident. Typically that’s the nature of these situations that we have found through investigations in the past,” says Allen.

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