Investigation Discovery to air story of Wausau teen murdered 10 years ago

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Wausau (WAOW)- Almost a decade after the murder of a Wausau teen, her story is going national.

Investigation Discovery is set to air a documentary surrounding this weekend.

Breanna Schneller was just 18 years old when she was brutally murdered.

“Her smile was huge with a bubbly great personality she was a wonderful loving person who didn’t have any enemies,” said her father Craig Schneller.

Breanna was getting ready for two huge milestones in her life.

She was a month away from graduating from D.C. Everest Senior High and preparing to get married.

However, Breanna was never able to walk across the stage or aisle.

Police say on May 2, 2009 Breanna’s fiance’s co-worker stabbed her to death inside her apartment.

“It can’t be Bri I wanted answers on what’s going on,” said Craig.

The murder shook the small central Wisconsin community.

The call on May 2nd still haunts Jeff Hardel who was the Wausau Police Chief at the time.

“What was difficult was meeting with the family who demands to know information who expects us to make an arrest immediately,” said Hardel.

10 years later the Investigation Discovery Channel is revisiting the whole ordeal.

“We are telling the story where people will get to know Bri,” Craig said. “Yes it will cover the unfortunate tragedy but we also get to talk about her in a different light.”

“It brought up a lot of memories that we probably put to the side because we moved on,” Hardel said.

Craig said every year on the anniversary of Breanna’s death he makes sure to call the Wausau police officers who were involved to thank them for making sure Breanna’s killer never got away.

Raul Ponce-Rocha is the man convicted in Breanna’s murder and he is behind bars serving a life sentence.

WQOW Staff

WQOW Staff

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