UPDATE: Death of woman in Crandon appears to have been a suicide Submitted: 06/23/2017
CRANDON - Update 10:55 a.m. Friday

The death of a woman in Crandon earlier this week appears to have been a suicide.

25 year old Savanna Larson of Lac du Flambeau died early Wednesday.

According to a Forest County Sheriff's Department press release, a report of a gunshot came in around 4:00 Wednesday morning.

Officers rushed to 200 East Cobb Boulevard in Crandon, where Savanna Larson's body was found.

Police tell us the investigation was slowed down due to tampering with evidence at the scene, and obstruction.

Three people were arrested.

All of them are Crandon residents.

Potential charges include felony possession of firearm, tampering with evidence, obstruction and probation violation.

We're withholding their names for now, as formal criminal charges have not yet been filed.

A juvenile was also removed from the home and placed with the Forest County Department of Social Services.

Based on preliminary autopsy results and the investigation, the press release says the Larson's death appears to have been caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation will go on.

UPDATE 5:10 p.m. Thursday

Forest County Medical Examiner Larry Mathein was still at work in Fond du Lac as of 5 p.m. Thursday night, trying to determine a preliminary cause of death for 25-year-old Savanna Larson.

We had expected that autopsy to be complete by the afternoon.

Mathein's report will establish a preliminary cause of death for Larson. That report may guide any potential charges against the three people taken to jail in the case.

Forest County Sheriff John Dennee said Thursday no further information would be released, including the names of the people in jail, at least until Crandon Police Chief Dan Packard had returned from Fond du Lac with Mathein.

That could mean the names won't be released until Friday or beyond.

Meanwhile, another close friend of Savanna Larson, the victim in Wednesday's Crandon death, said "she will be missed."

Minnie Jack said she was "practically cousins" with Larson and grew up with her.

"[S]he was a very big spirit gurl [sic]...always had a smile on her face...she always made anyone smile," Jack wrote in a Facebook message.

UPDATE 11:10 a.m. Thursday

The woman who died in Crandon on Wednesday left behind three young children, according to a close family friend.

Brandi-lee BigJohn grew up with Savanna Larson, 25, in Lac du Flambeau.

"She had such a kind heart and was always willing to help anyone she could," said BigJohn in a Facebook message.

Larson had three children, two girls and a boy.

"She was very protective over the ones she loved," BigJohn said.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. Thursday

Forest County Medical Examiner Larry Mathein confirmed Thursday Savanna Larson, 25, of Lac du Flambeau was the victim in Wednesday's Crandon death.

Mathein and Crandon Police Chief Dan Packard were transporting Larson's body to Fond du Lac Thursday for an autopsy. Mathein said investigators should have a preliminary cause of death by Thursday afternoon.

Packard has yet to release the identities of the three people taken into custody on Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, no formal charges had been filed in the case, according to Forest County Clerk of Court Penny Carter.

ORIGINAL STORY 4:00 p.m. Wednesday

Police put three people in the Forest County Jail on Wednesday after a 25-year-old woman was found dead in Crandon.

A report of a gunshot led police to respond to a mobile home on Crandon's north side at about 4 a.m.

Police are not yet naming the woman or the three people put in jail.

Most neighbors in the mobile home park didn't even know something had happened until they woke up Wednesday morning.

Greg Papernik, a neighbor in the mobile home park, saw several squad cars in his neighborhood early Wednesday morning.

"The lights weren't on, but there were about five squad [cars] and a couple of ambulances," Papernik said.

Papernik asked an officer on scene if an acquaintance living nearby was okay. He was told that man was okay, but in jail.

"I asked if everybody else was okay, and he said no," Papernik said.

A different neighbor said he called police at about 1 a.m. Wednesday after hearing loud arguing in the mobile home park. Another neighbor said she heard a gunshot around 3:30 a.m.

The mobile home park is just within the city limits of Crandon, and Crandon Police Chief Dan Packard is in charge of the investigation.

Packard couldn't confirm whether a gunshot killed the victim. He also couldn't say whether the gunshot came from any of the three people now in jail. But he said there is no danger to the community.

Forest County Sheriff John Dennee and his officers were on scene all day. Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono and Forest County Medical Examiner Larry Mathein were also at the mobile home park.

The state Department of Justice's Crime Scene Response Team and the Wisconsin State Patrol's Technical Reconstruction Team helped with the investigation.

Newswatch 12 will update this story as more information becomes available.

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