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Investigators search for leads in dozens of unsolved cases

by Teresa Mackin

NORTHCENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) --  The cold case in Wood County is just one of dozens of unsolved crimes in our area.

Investigators say a case is never really closed- there's always someone resubmitting DNA samples, or following up leads.

Just last month, James Emerson was convicted in the 10-year-old murder of Rhonda Mertes here in Marathon County because of DNA evidence.

Still there are over a dozen murder cases that are unsolved in our area. Some of these cold cases date back as far as the early 1980's.

Just a couple of the oldest unsolved cases we've found:

Portage County detectives are looking for the person who killed 20-year-old Janet Raasch in 1984.

In Vilas County, restaurant owner George Jares was shot to death outside his business in 1986.

Clark County is investigating two cold cases. The first is Jim Southworth. The 37-year-old was found dead with 2 bullet wounds to his back in 2001.

Also in Clark County is the case of Stephanie VanDenBerg. In 1991, she was found floating face down in Sherwood Lake.

Detectives are looking for leads in Langlade County. In 2001, Katherine Nameth was killed by someone who stabbed her several times. Before she died, she was reporting a scruffy haired man with a trench coat to authorities when the call ended. Investigators do have a DNA profile.

Vilas County investigators are also searching for the person who killed Susan Poupart in 1990.

In Wood County, detectives are looking into the 1984 murder of Eleanor Roberts. The 71-year-old was found stabbed several times and beaten in her home.

Other cases are more recent, and are not considered cold.

In Wisconsin Rapids, Detectives are still trying to figure out who killed Deidre Harm in 2006.

They're also working on the case of Dale Meister, a man who was shot to death in his trailer last year.

In 2006.. pharmacist Ken Juedes was shot to death in his home in Colby.

From Taylor County:

The body of Richard D. Godersky M/W D.O.B. 11-25-62 was found laying on STHWY 102 about 5 miles East of Rib Lake on October 12, 1984 at 2:26 a.m. Godersky was laying partially on the roadway with his lower part of the body  laying on the paved portion of the highway and upper portion on the gravel shoulder. The body bore numerous injuries to his skull. Autopsy results indicated death was a homicide due to injuries sustained to Godersky.

The remains of Terrence A. Boushon M/W DOB 06-26-65 was found in the town of Chelsea in Taylor County north of Medford on 06-28-07. Boushon was a Clark County resident and was last seen alive on the property his body was found on in Taylor County on 05-28-07 with an acquaintance. Investigation into this homicide has disclosed a person of interest who may have been involved in Boushon's death.

On February 21, 1999 the body of Eugene A. Monte M/W DOB 07-24-55 was found in his vacation home located in the Village of Hannibal Taylor County. Autopsy results indicate a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Monte was a Greenfield Wisconsin resident and was in Taylor County visiting family. A firearm that was located by investigators near the crime scene in 1999 has recently been resubmitted to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab for DNA analysis that was not available in 1999.

Jean A. Viken F/W DOB 05-09-69 disappeared from her Town of Holway Taylor County home on 01-30-08 she was last seen on 01-29-08. Her vehicle was later found in Ashland County on 02-06-08 and was processed by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. The body of Jean Viken was found in a wooded area in Sawyer County on 05-10-08. This homicide continues to be actively investigated by the Taylor County Sheriff's Department.

There are also numerous cold cases listed on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website.

Other counties also have unsolved crimes listed on their websites as well.

If you have information about these or any other crimes, call your local sheriff's department or crimestoppers. You can remain anonymous.



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