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Promising lead in Chippewa Co. quadruple murder is a bust

Chippewa County (WQOW) — The first big lead in the quadruple murder case in Chippewa County has turned out to be a bust according to Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk.

Police say Ritchie German Jr. killed his mother, brother and nephew in their Lafayette home, then killed Laile Vang at her Lake Hallie home on July 28, before taking his own life.

In August, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office put out a plea to the public to locate a 1999 blue Pontiac Sunfire that had once belonged to German.

Wednesday, Sheriff Kowalczyk told News 18 that updated Wisconsin Department of Transportation records show the car was junked in October 2018. The sheriff had hoped the car would provide some insight into where German was in the days and weeks prior to the deadly shootings.

Investigators continue to dig into cell phone records from ten phones recovered in the case. They expect that work to be completed in the next ten days. So far, that search has revealed four messages exchanged between German Jr. and Vang in the 24 hours before she was murdered. Police say there’s no evidence Vang knew who he was.

Sheriff Kowalczyk told News 18 they also plan to have one more interview with Laile Vang’s family in the next week.

If you have a tip or any information about German, you are asked to call the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office tip line 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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