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William R. Schmidt Sought as a Person of Interest in Minocqua Death Investigation




William R. Schmidt Sought as a Person of Interest, Oneida County Medical Examiner Confirms Identity of Victim as Lori J. Schmidt


MINOCQUA - The Oneida County Medical Examiner at 1 p.m. today positively confirmed the identity of Lori J. Schmidt. Ms. Schmidt was found last Thursday at a residence located at 9425 Country Club Road in Minocqua in response to a Health & Welfare check made to the Minocqua Police Department.


The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Minocqua Police Department are currently attempting to locate William R. Schmidt (birthdate 07-13-70). Mr. Schmidt is a white male who was last known to be in the Chicago area. Mr. Schmidt is believed to be driving a Brown 2001 Ford Escape with Illinois License Plate # H686947. This vehicle was reported stolen by its owner at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 21.


Mr. Schmidt's 1993 Grey & Black Toyota was found abandoned yesterday afternoon in the Fond du Lac area.


This is a current and ongoing joint investigation of the Minocqua Police Department, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Anyone with information on Mr. Schmidt's whereabouts is asked to contact the Minocqua Police Department at (715) 356-3234 or their local police department.


Further media inquiries are being referred to Bill Cosh at the Wisconsin Department of Justice at (608) 266-1221. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.