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Chippewa Co. alleged killer exchanged just 4 messages with victim: Sheriff

Chippewa County (WQOW) – Chippewa County investigators are a week into a quadruple murder investigation and we are learning new details about the messages exchanged between one of the victims and her alleged killer.

Ritchie German Jr is accused of killing his mother Bridget, brother Douglas and his 8-year-old nephew Calvin Harris at their home in Lafayette.

Police say on July 28, German Jr. killed Laile Vang and shot and severely injured her parents at their home in Lake Hallie. He then took his own life.

Monday, Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said they received no new tips over the weekend.

Law enforcement has been focusing on data collected from ten cell phones acquired as part of the investigation. The sheriff says most of that data is now available.

So far, investigators have found four messages sent between German Jr and Laile Vang, all in the 24 hours before she was murdered.

Kowalczyk said there’s no indication she knew him and Vang’s parents said the two had never met.

Authorities are still looking for anyone who had any contact with German Junior to contact them at 715-726-4563.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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