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    WI - Breanna Schneller, 18, found murdered in her Wausau home, 2 May 2009

    Wausau Daily Herald • May 4, 2009

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    Police release few details in death of 18-year-old

    Victim was DCE High School senior

    Police are calling the death of an 18-year-old D.C. Everest student a homicidal assault, but are declining to release details of her death.

    Investigators do not have a motive or a suspect in Breanna Marie Schneller’s death, Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel said this morning. She was found dead at about 1:30 p.m., Saturday at 1208 S. 12th Ave. in Wausau.

    Hardel said few details of her death, such as how Schneller was killed, are being released because detectives are still questioning people and trying to gather information. Investigators do not want to tip off the murderer to what they know or cause the person to not talk about the death to others.

    “There are details that only the murderer is going to know,” Hardel said. “Should we release specific information, that surely could hinder the investigation.”

    An autopsy was done Sunday in Madison.

    Schneller moved in with her boyfriend, who previously proposed marriage to her, and his family after she turned 18, Hardel said. Schneller’s boyfriend last saw her alive Saturday morning and she was still alive when his brother left Schneller between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., police said. The boyfriend’s brother returned to the apartment at 1:30 p.m. and found Schneller dead.

    Schneller’s mother last spoke to her daughter on the phone between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and had exchanged several text messages, Hardel said. The two worked together at El Mezcal in Rib Mountain, he said.

    Jamie Zarazua, a friend of Schneller, described her friend as “outgoing and sweet,” and said she had plans to go to college after she graduated from high school.

    Police were at the apartment Sunday afternoon and two investigators examined two vehicles that were wrapped in police tape. Onlookers also walked around the grounds to peek at the scene while others drove along 12th Avenue and glanced out their windows to see the apartment.

    Chandra Witter, the apartments’ property manager, sent a letter to each tenant, informing them of counseling services that are available if they need them. She also expressed “deep sorrow” about the incident. She could not be reached Sunday for additional comment.

    “My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victim, but my heart also goes out to you, the neighbor,” Witter said in the letter.

    Police already have interviewed Schneller’s family and roommates, and have canvassed the area. Police also spoke with two men outside the apartment, who left with police Saturday. The men were not handcuffed.

    Police say they believe the incident is isolated and that the community is not in danger.

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    The fiance's brother saw her last and found her body a couple hours later.
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    I have to wonder if the time frames have been confirmed? The estimated time of death just seems so unusual for murder, and in an apartment complex no less. Do we know what the weather was like in Wausau Saturday? If springlike, you have to imagine tons of kids playing on the grounds etc...So a gunshot, or something with a long struggle seems less likely...

    It just seems like a bizarre scenario on top being so tragic for Breanna and her loved ones. It'll sure be interesting to see what information comes out, although LE seems like they are going to remain pretty tight lipped in this case.

    On a side note, does it appear to anyone else in this article that the brother of the boyfriend is a key player? And perhaps one who has not been cleared?

    I just wonder what leads LE to think that this is an isolated incident, is it a case of fatal DV? I know that they have a strategy and all, but it is hard to imagine what could have happened to this young girl with the info released so far. I hope they catch the perpetrator (s) soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamweaver View Post
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    The fiance's brother saw her last and found her body a couple hours later.
    You posted this as I was dilly dallying around with my response amongst other things. Thank you! This article answers many of my previous questions, and it seems like LE feels like this was domestic, correct?

    Seems like she was a girl with everything going for her, and obviously close with her mother...This is just a sad loss all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesikah1 View Post
    I have to wonder if the time frames have been confirmed? The estimated time of death just seems so unusual for murder, and in an apartment complex no less. Do we know what the weather was like in Wausau Saturday? If springlike, you have to imagine tons of kids playing on the grounds etc...So a gunshot, or something with a long struggle seems less likely...

    It just seems like a bizarre scenario on top being so tragic for Breanna and her loved ones. It'll sure be interesting to see what information comes out, although LE seems like they are going to remain pretty tight lipped in this case.

    On a side note, does it appear to anyone else in this article that the brother of the boyfriend is a key player? And perhaps one who has not been cleared?

    I just wonder what leads LE to think that this is an isolated incident, is it a case of fatal DV? I know that they have a strategy and all, but it is hard to imagine what could have happened to this young girl with the info released so far. I hope they catch the perpetrator (s) soon.
    According to weather.com, the weather in Wausau was around 60 degrees and windy on Saturday, with no rain. I agree- there would probably be a lot of people outside/kids playing/etc. and the way it looks like the apartment complex is designed, someone would've heard something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesikah1 View Post
    I have to wonder if the time frames have been confirmed? The estimated time of death just seems so unusual for murder, and in an apartment complex no less. Do we know what the weather was like in Wausau Saturday? If springlike, you have to imagine tons of kids playing on the grounds etc...So a gunshot, or something with a long struggle seems less likely...

    It just seems like a bizarre scenario on top being so tragic for Breanna and her loved ones. It'll sure be interesting to see what information comes out, although LE seems like they are going to remain pretty tight lipped in this case.

    On a side note, does it appear to anyone else in this article that the brother of the boyfriend is a key player? And perhaps one who has not been cleared?

    I just wonder what leads LE to think that this is an isolated incident, is it a case of fatal DV? I know that they have a strategy and all, but it is hard to imagine what could have happened to this young girl with the info released so far. I hope they catch the perpetrator (s) soon.
    (bolding by me)
    I agree, and it sounds like he might be a suspect.
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    Breanna may have known her killer: http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/art...905060623/1981

    The 18-year-old D.C. Everest High School senior might have known her killer, who appears to have been familiar with the apartment Schneller shared with her fiance and his brother, Hardel said. In addition, evidence at the scene suggests she was not attacked by a stranger, Hardel said, though he declined to elaborate.

    Police say Schneller suffered multiple injuries in what they are calling a homicidal assault in the bedroom. She was not sexually assaulted, Hardel said, but rape has not been ruled out as a motive.

    Sebastian Ramirez, 22, last saw her alive Saturday morning, and she still was alive when Hugo Ramirez left Schneller between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to police. Both left to work at El Tequila Salsa, a Mexican restaurant in Rib Mountain, police said. Hugo Ramirez returned to the apartment at 1:30 p.m. and found Schneller dead.

    "All I'll say is we have not ruled them out 100 percent," Hardel said of the brothers. "We are following up on their alibis."


    Sounds to me like police are really looking at her fiance and his brother.

    Praying for justice for Breanna

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaylynnCouture View Post

    Police say Schneller suffered multiple injuries in what they are calling a homicidal assault in the bedroom. She was not sexually assaulted, Hardel said, but rape has not been ruled out as a motive.

    Praying for justice for Breanna

    I know that rapes can occur with a boyfriend on a girlfriend, but it seems more likely that if they are releasing this information that they haven't ruled out rape as a motive, then suspicion lies more with the brother or acquaintance, yes? Or do you guys think that they would say this to have the fiancée let down his guard?
    Either way how terrible for Breanna to have trusted someone enough to have let them into her young life, and then have them take it. I can even imagine the horror of this in her last moments. I really do hope they have a strong idea of who the culprit is and this person(s) has to pay the consequences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesikah1 View Post
    I know that rapes can occur with a boyfriend on a girlfriend, but it seems more likely that if they are releasing this information that they haven't ruled out rape as a motive, then suspicion lies more with the brother or acquaintance, yes? Or do you guys think that they would say this to have the fiancée let down his guard?
    http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/art...neller+s+death

    The Wausau Police Department has collected DNA samples from three Wausau men that will be sent to the state Crime Lab for comparison with what they suspect is DNA left at the scene by Breanna Schneller's killer.

    Police Chief Jeff Hardel said Wednesday the samples came from Schneller's fiance, Sebastian Ramirez, 22; Ramirez's brother, Hugo, 19; and an acquaintance of theirs whom he declined to identify.

    Hardel would not describe the source of the DNA samples retrieved from the South 12th Avenue apartment that Schneller shared with the Ramirez brothers. Comparing the submitted samples with the samples from the scene could allow police either to eliminate people from suspicion or focus their investigation on a suspect.

    Detectives continue to review statements given by friends, relatives and co-workers, interview neighbors and track down others with whom they want to speak, Hardel said.

    Schneller, 18, was found dead Saturday morning in the bedroom of her apartment, and police have said they suspect her killer knew her and was familiar with the home. Hardel has refused to say how she died, but has said she was not shot to death and was not sexually assaulted.

    "Sebastian and Hugo have been very cooperative," Hardel said. "Both are very upset and very emotional."

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    Thanks for the link TangledWeb. After reading the article I am a bit perplexed. Previous statements about rape being a possible motive seem to imply that the DNA sample might be semen, but with no sexual assault, well maybe not? So far all the statements from the police imply somebody very close to Breanna as her killer, yet the two people that fit that bill in this case have been said to have been fully cooperating...What do you guys think, who else might fit as a suspect given the details released so far? Look forward to hearing all your opinions.


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    wow i live mabey an hour from there ..poor young lady how sad and heartbreaking for her and her family

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    This reminds me a little bit of the girl who was murdered in her house in Madison, WI - Brittany Zimmerman.
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    the timeline is curious. either a random perp was very lucky and happened in during the window where no one else is home or he had been staking it out. of course the more likely scenarios include the fiancee or brother, or maybe someone else from the apartment complex who either knows their schedules or could easily see when everyone was gone.

    I hope for the fiancee's sake that his brother wasn't involved. How terrible to lose your fiancee, and know that your brother was involved.

    Who knows though, the fiancee could even be involved. Interesting case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaia227 View Post
    This reminds me a little bit of the girl who was murdered in her house in Madison, WI - Brittany Zimmerman.
    Exactly, gaia227. My radar went off right away on that. Lot's of other coinkydinks too.

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    I have been in a situation such as Breanna's with her boyfriend and his brother. It was years ago, when I was much younger and I know now, much more foolish.
    My boyfriend shared an apartment with his younger brother. We began spending all of our time together, but this did not sit well with little brother. He was actually very jealous of the time his brother spent with me. I was not comfortable around him at all. Little bro had trouble keeping a job, and could no longer keep up his share of the rent. He was asked to move out.
    One day after work, I was at the apartment fixing dinner, boyfriend would be home later. Little bro, who still had some of his belongings in the second bedroom, came by to get his things. I answered the door, but did not invite him in, and asked him to come back later when boyfriend would be there. (Little bro had argued with his brother when asked to move out, and clearly stated that he considered it my fault he could not stay.)
    Little Bro cursed at me and refused to leave. I shut the door and locked it. Little did I know, he still had a key. He used it to unlock the door and came in swinging his fist straight at my jaw. Knocked me to the ground with a punch which broke my jaw in two places.

    I think suspicions regarding the brother's story in this case are well founded. I would not trust Breanna's boyfriend to be totally upfront with police about his brother's relationship with Breanna. In my opinion, he will defend his brother even if he knows the brother had ill will or hostility toward Breanna.

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