Police identify victim in Wausau homicide investigation Submitted: 02/21/2018
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera

Police identify victim in Wausau homicide investigation
WAUSAU - Wausau Police call the death of a 77-year-old man "suspicious," which is why it's treating the death of Lyle Leith as a homicide. 

Tuesday morning, police responded to a home on the 1000 block of Kickbusch Street. They found Leith dead, and called the circumstances suspicious. We learned Leith's name late Wednesday afternoon.

"I wouldn't say that that is a problem area more than any other part of our community. We have an elementary school not just down the road from there, you know, a lot of people pass through that area," said Wausau Police Deputy Chief Ben Bliven. 

Bliven won't say how Leith died. The Department of Justice Crime Lab also helped gather evidence. 

"We're working with family members, expressing condolences [and] trying to gather information about what had transpired to determine time of death, cause of death, all of those types of things," said Bliven. 

Police arrested a man in Florence County on domestic violence charges on Wednesday. That arrest appears to be connected to the homicide investigation, but may be only slightly related to any homicide itself. Wausau Police Capt. Matt Barnes said the investigation in the Kickbusch Street case led police to the man, who's suspected of domestic violence in the city of Wausau. Barnes wouldn't say whether the arrested man may have had a direct connection to the homicide. He said, however, no arrests have been made on suspicion of homicide. Sheriff's departments from Florence, Forest, and Marinette counties helped with the search warrant and arrest.

Anyone with information on the case should call the Wausau Police Department.

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