07-09-2016, 12:06 AM #1Registered User
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WI - David Schuldes, 25 & Ellen Matheys, 24, Silver Cliff, 9 July 1976
David Schuldes and Ellen Matheys, an engaged couple from Green Bay, were camping in McClintock Park where they were both killed on July 9th 1976. David was found on a path near a restroom and had been shot in the throat with a .30 caliber rifle. Ellen was found in a wooded area outside the park; she had been sexually assaulted and shot twice with the same rifle. Their murders are still unsolved and investigators are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
I can't find a lot more information online. A couple reported hearing a gunshot at around 2:30 pm that day and an older news article writes that David's body was discovered at around 2:55 pm. Ellen's body was discovered early the next morning. I think the theory is that they were both walking towards the bathroom where David was killed first and then Ellen was taken by the perpetrator. A man was seen carrying a rifle in the park that day and a sketch of the possible suspect was released.
David and Ellen were planning on getting married in September of that year.
Forty years later, murders unsolved
Saturday will mark the 40th anniversary of an unsolved double homicide in the town of Silver Cliff, Wis., and Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve would like to remind residents about the case in hopes of finding new information.
"Advances in DNA by the Wisconsin Crime Lab keep us hopeful that with the right information coming forward, we may identify a suspect in this case and bring conclusion to this crime," he added.
The state crime laboratory recently profiled some DNA evidence that was preserved from Matheys' autopsy.
"It's as good as a fingerprint," said Lt. Jerry Sauve of the Marinette County Sheriff's Department.
Using the DNA profile, investigators have eliminated half of their 23 suspects in the case.
They also used computer software to update a sketch of the suspect. The original sketch was based on a description from two people who saw a man carrying a rifle in the park that day. The suspect would be about 50 years old now.
07-09-2016, 08:03 PM #2
07-09-2016, 08:12 PM #3
The July 29, 1986 issue of the Ironwood Daily Globe reported that
two Brown County, Wisconsin Sheriff's deputies were camping at the park with their wives and noticed the man watching them from the woods. The deputy went into his camping trailer to get his weapon but the man had left by the time he got back. The campground is in northern Marquette County, Wisconsin, north of Green Bay. Other campers had seen the man in the area carrying a rifle around the time the victims were killed.
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07-09-2016, 08:38 PM #4Registered User
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Thanks for the updates pleasestandby.....I was taken aback by the statement attributed to the parks administrator - he would prefer that everyone just forget about these murders. How insensitive!
What awful murders.....it would be wonderful if there would be a break in the case. Two innocent people just out to have a good time camping. Absolutely frightening.
07-09-2016, 10:38 PM #5
Madison State Journal August 18, 1976
Kenosha News, July 12, 1976
Appleton Post Crescent July 12, 1976
Stevens Point Daily Journal, July 12, 1976
McClintock Park is between Goodman, Wisconsin and Silver Cliff, Wisconsin on google.
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07-09-2016, 11:06 PM #6
07-10-2016, 12:01 AM #7
If this were the same person who committed all three murders, he would be classified as a serial killer. I believe the same person was involved.
The Milwaukee Sentinel - Nov 7, 1977
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