Murder suspect turns self in, let go on staff mistakeSubmitted: 02/15/2018
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera

Murder suspect turns self in, let go on staff mistake
EAGLE RIVER - A man charged in the death of a Lac du Flambeau man turned himself into the Vilas County Sheriff's Department last week, but left after staff jokingly told him to go to Iron County.

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says James Lussier and two women went to the sheriff's office Friday night just after 8.

Fath said corrections officers jokingly told Lussier he needed to go to Iron County and turn himself in. A sergeant then told Lussier to wait in the lobby.

Fath said Lussier and the two women then left before police could talk with them. Lussier hasn't been seen since. 

Fath also said staff didn't recognize Lussier because he cut his hair. 

"We're confident we're going to locate him. We know he's in the area. We're hoping his family will convince him to do the right thing," said Fath. 

Jail administrators are conducting an investigation into what happened.

Lussier and four other men are charged with killing Wayne Valliere Jr. in December.

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