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Police: Man found dead in Marathon City hotel room closet died months earlier Submitted: 05/18/2018
Police: Man found dead in Marathon City hotel room closet died months earlier
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera
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aherrera@wjfw.com

MARATHON CITY - Police think a man found dead in a Marathon City hotel room closet last month died about six months earlier on or around November 22, 2017. 

The Marathon County Sheriff's Office released a statement Friday morning saying Brian Kienast's body was placed in a hotel room closet of the Village Inn/Bar Restaurant after he died in an effort to hide him. 


Police say one of the closet walls is an exterior wall, which was one factor why Kienast's body was in relatively good condition. There were no other injuries to Kienast, 28, that would tell police otherwise. 

Police say Kienast died of a suspected accidental heroin overdose. His body was found by the owner of the Village Inn on April 19. 

The press release goes on to say the motel was unoccupied for the winter months. 

Several people who knew Kienast at the time of his death are of interest in the investigation. Two of them are in custody on unrelated charges.



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