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New Information: Suspect detained in Eau Claire murder investigation


Police investigating a weekend murder in Eau Claire now say they have identified a suspect in the case.

The body of 39-year-old Paul Oberle was found in the yard of his Vine Street home on Saturday afternoon.  

On Wednesday, the Eau Claire Police Department confirmed they have a suspect and that person is currently being detained. Police are still not saying specifically how Oberle was murdered and are not releasing any information about the suspect. They say they are continuing to investigate.

Press Release from ECPD: The Eau Claire Police Department continues to investigate any and all leads related to the homicide of Paul Oberle.

The sensitivity of this case, confidentiality issues, and the integrity of the investigation places limits on the details that can be publicly released at this time.

Public safety of the community has been the main priority of the Eau Claire Police Department from the beginning of this investigation. In order to reassure the community, the Eau Claire Police Department would like to inform the public that a suspect has been developed in this case and is being detained. The investigation continues.

The Eau Claire Police Department will release further details, in the future, at the appropriate time.


Eau Claire police are investigating a homicide.

A man's body was found outside his home on Saturday afternoon. On Tuesday, police identified Paul Oberle as the victim of a homicide. He lived alone on Vine Street. He was 39 years old.

WQOW News 18 sat down with police to find out what investigators know about Oberle's death. Here is what they told us. Paul Oberle was last seen at a local grocery store on Saturday. He had worked the midnight shift and left the store around 5:30 that morning. Police say that was the last time they can confirm someone had a conversation with him. Oberle's body was found that afternoon, around 1:30, at 1316 Vine Street.

"He was found by his father face up in the back yard. He was laying on his back," says Jerry Staniszewski Deputy Chief of Detectives with the Eau Claire Police Department. "There were injuries which weren't consistent with a natural death." Police are not saying what those injuries were or how Oberle was killed.  but they are saying they believe this was an isolated incident.

Police say they are in the preliminary stages of the investigation and are looking into any leads that might develop. As part of that investigation police are continuing to canvass the neighborhood where Oberle's body was found. "Neighbors know what's going on in their own neighborhood," says Staniszewski. "They know the travel patterns of their neighbors, they hear arguments, they know who visits from time to time, so a neighborhood canvas that we've conducted really gleans a lot of good information about the history of what's going on in a neighborhood. So that's an important piece for us to talk to all the neighbors. So the neighborhood residence have been very helpful in this case and we've talked to just about everybody. But if there's someone in the neighborhood that has more information and hasn't been contacted we'd like to hear from them."

If you know anything that can help in the case, call 839-4978.

This is the first homicide Eau Claire Police have investigated since November of 2010.  That case involved a man who was convicted of second degree reckless homicide in the death of his five month old daughter.  There have been six homicide cases in the past 12 years.


EAU CLAIRE PRESS RELEASE - On Saturday, June 09, 2012, at 1:42 p.m., Eau Claire Police Officers and EMS were dispatched to 1316 Vine Street for a report of an unresponsive adult male who had been found outside by a family member.

Upon arrival the responding officers located the individual in the backyard of his residence. Police officers and EMS confirmed that the male was deceased. Due to the circumstances of the death, including unexplained injuries, Eau Claire Police Department detectives and Crime Scene Unit personnel responded to process the scene and a formal death investigation ensued.

The man has been identified as:

Paul A. Oberle, 39, of Eau Claire

On Monday, June 11, 2012, an autopsy was performed at Regina Medical Center in Hastings, Minnesota. Preliminary autopsy results indicate the cause of death is homicide. The manner of death is being withheld for investigative purposes.

Eau Claire Police Department detectives are continuing to actively investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Oberle's death. The investigation thus far, however, indicates that this is not a random act, but rather it appears to be an isolated incident directed at Mr. Oberle.

Anyone who may have information pertaining to the death of Paul A. Oberle, including anyone who had recent contact with him prior to Saturday, June 9, 2012 or anyone who may have been in the area or driving through the 1300 block of Vine Street on Saturday, June 9, 2012, between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., is asked to call the Eau Claire Police Department Detective Division at 715-839-4978.


Police returned to an Eau Claire neighborhood on Monday as they continue to investigate a man's death.

The man's body was found by a family member at 1316 Vine Street on Saturday afternoon.  His name has not been released.  Police are not saying whether they believe his death was natural or if it's suspicious.  They are saying there is no threat to the public.  Also, there was police tape up over the weekend, but investigators say that was most likely done because the body was found outside the home and they wanted to keep people away from the scene.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood again on Monday, talking to neighbors to see if they witnessed anything unusual.  Police say there are several reasons to do that, one of which is to help establish a time of death.

An autopsy was performed on Monday in Minnesota.  Police plan to release the results on Tuesday.  Toxicology results could take several weeks.


Eau Claire Police are still investigating the death of an Eau Claire man at a home off of Vine Street Saturday afternoon. Investigators were back at the home in the 1300 block of Vine Street on Sunday. As of 5:00 p.m., police had removed the crime scene tape and had left the scene.

Police are not releasing much information, and aren't sure whether or not the man died of natural causes or if the death is suspicious. An autopsy will be performed on Monday.

Police say they investigate every death in the city of Eau Claire, and some cases are a little more confusing and require a closer look before they decide the case is suspicious.

Police want to reiterate that they have no reason to believe the public is in danger.


Eau Claire police are investigating a death.

Police aren't releasing much, but say a family member found the body around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at a home off Vine Street and called police. At this point, detectives are investigating. We asked police whether it was a death by natural causes or if it was suspicious, and officers said they investigate every death that happens in the city of Eau Claire.

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