David Steinmetz identified as suspect in Little Suamico double murder

Relatives tell us David Steinmetz is the son of one of the two victims
Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 5:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2022 at 5:08 PM CDT
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LITTLE SUAMICO, Wis. (WBAY) - Friday afternoon, Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban named the suspect in the double murder in Little Suamico earlier this week.

As we first reported on Monday, the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double homicide after the bodies of a man and woman were found outside a house on the 1200-block of Melissa Blvd. on Sunday.

Fifty-five-year-old Lori Brennan and her 75-year-old husband, Paul Brennan, who was known as Wally, lived at the house for about 25 years. Sheriff Skarban said they were both shot a number of times.

The sheriff says investigators quickly identified 27-year-old David Steinmetz of Little Suamico as a suspect. He was taken into custody without incident around 10:15 Sunday morning outside Thompson’s Market in Oconto. He’s jailed on a probation hold.

He’s being referred to the Oconto County district attorney for two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Skarban didn’t reveal a motive for these killings. He said the investigation is ongoing.

“Let us conclude this or complete this investigation. Let us get this stuff to the D.A.’s office, I’m hoping in the next week or two, and then they can have a criminal complaint prepared for you which will clearly identify and outline each of those situations as it unfolds itself,” the sheriff said.

He did say this was an isolated incident and the public is not in any danger.

Sheriff Skarban declined to comment on Steinmetz’s relationship to the couple, but family members of the victims say the suspect is Lori Brennan’s son. We learned Thursday the couple raised Lori Brennan’s three children together, and the longtime couple just married two months ago.

Paul and Lori Brennan
Paul and Lori Brennan

“The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety and well-being of its citizens. We have a lot of really good people and families that call home here in Oconto County. So please respect the privacy of the family as they deal with the terrible tragedy and the loss of their loved ones.”

Lori Brennan’s son, Calvin Steinmetz, and her daughter, Amanda Hendzel, who both considered Wally Brennan their dad, set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

Speaking with Steinmetz and Hendzel, they said their parents were great people. They said their mom would give a person the shirt off her back and was always there for everyone.

According to the GoFundMe site, the family is mourning the loss of a mom, a dad, and amazing grandparents. It said the couple had been shot -- a detail that authorities have not publicly released or confirmed. Authorities have only said they believe it was an isolated incident.

We learned a neighbor boy found the couple outside their home, and that’s when deputies were called to the scene.

Neighbors said they believe the couple may have been shot the night before.

Steven Anderson, who lives on Melissa Blvd., told us, “We were sitting out in the front in the chairs with our two German shepherds both on chains and playing ball with them, and then all of a sudden heard pop-pop-pop -pop, and we’re used to that because firecrackers always go off in the neighborhood around here, it’s not unusual, so we didn’t think anything of it. But that’s about when it happened, but nobody noticed them ‘til Sunday morning.”

Neighbors say they’re still pretty shocked by what happened.

“It was a shock when we found out that this had happened, and then all of the neighbors were getting together,” Anderson said.

Lori and Paul Brennan lived in the home for 25 years but were just married 2 months ago