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New details, Wausau homicide victim identified

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Zachary Froehlich (Left) Warren Krohn (Right) Zachary Froehlich (Left) Warren Krohn (Right)
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WAUSAU (WAOW) -

A 49-year-old Wausau man was found dead in a garage Tuesday morning, police suspect homicide. In a press conference Wednesday morning, Wausau Deputy Police Chief Bryan Hilts identified the man as Kerby Kniess. 

Hilts detailed the preliminary investigation for reporters saying the family that lived in the home on the 100 block of North 7th Avenue found Kniess and called police. Kniess had been living in the garage. 

Investigators say that Kniess was killed either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. 

On Tuesday two people were arrested following the death. Warren Krohn, 20, of Wausau faces preliminary charges of felony murder and armed burglary. Zachary Froehlich, 18, turned himself in to police just after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. He was wanted for questioning.

Hilts said that police believe it was as isolated incident. He said that the suspects were acquaintances of Kniess. 

Authorities found three baseball bats they believe were used in the incident, although Hilts repeated that the investigation is still preliminary. 

Authorities from the state crime lab are assisting with the investigation. 

Kniess's body was taken to Madison for an autopsy. 

The suspects are expected to appear in court Thursday, according to Hilts. 



Two people have been arrested following the death of a Wausau man Tuesday morning.

According to Wausau Deputy Chief Bryan Hilts, a 49-year-old man was found dead in a garage around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday on the 100 block of North 7th Avenue. Police say they consider the death to be a homicide as the man died from trauma to his head.

The victim's name has not been released.

Two men have now been arrested. Warren Krohn, 20, of Wausau, faces preliminary charges of felony murder and armed burglary.

Zachary Froehlich, 18, turned himself in to police just after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. He was wanted for questioning.

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