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Marinette County Sheriff's Office makes arrest in 1976 cold case homicidesSubmitted: 03/15/2019
Marinette County Sheriff's Office makes arrest in 1976 cold case homicides
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

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MARINETTE - An 82-year-old man could face homicide charges from a cold case dating back more than 40 years.

Friday, the Marinette County Sheriff's Office announced it arrested Raymond Vannieuwenhoven of Lakewood.

Vannieuwenhoven's DNA matched evidence from the 1976 crime scene, according to a media release.  The Wisconsin State Crime Lab confirmed the match.

Twenty-five-year-old David Schuldes and 24-year-old Ellen Matheys were found shot to death in Silver Cliff, which is about 15 miles east of Wabeno.

In July 2018 on the 42-year anniversary of the deaths, the MCSO released a composite sketch of the man they believe committed two murders in 1976.

At that time, Sheriff Jerome Sauve acknowledged the killer in the McClintock Park case could have been dead.

"For closure for us, for the victims' families, we certainly would take it right to a tombstone and see about making the match even that way," Sauve told Newswatch 12 during a press conference in July 2018.

The sheriff's office is referring charges against Vannieuwenhoven to the Marinette County District Attorney.

If you have information that could add to the case, call the tip line at 715-732-7310.

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