UPDATE: Woman arrested in 2001 murder

UPDATED: Friday, February 21, 2014 --- 2:45 p.m.

A Beaver Dam woman was arrested today for a murder nearly 13 years old. Leah Waldhart is now 38 years old. She's been arrested for her involvement in the death of her boyfriend, Curtis Wylesky, who died April 23, 2001. Wylesky was 42 when he was found in a ditch outside Fall River, near his truck. The Columbia County Sheriff's Department says he died of injuries, but have not specified what kind of injuries.

Wylesky and Waldhart were living together at the time.

The case had gone cold, but was re-opened in July of 2013 after investigators re-examined the evidence.

From the Columbia County Sheriff's Department:

"The investigation in this matter continues and it is believed that there still are individuals in the public that have more information about this homicide. It is Sheriff Richards’ hope that with the arrest of Leah Waldhart, those individuals will feel more comfortable in providing additional information into this investigation."


UPDATED Wednesday, July 31, 2013 --- 3:26 p.m.

FALL RIVER, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in Columbia County are re-opening the case of a 42-year-old man who was found dead just outside Fall River in 2001.

Foul play was expected in the death of Curtis Wylesky. He was found in a ditch on April 23, 2001, near his truck. He had suffered injuries.

The case went cold until investigators recently re-examined the reports, autopsy and other evidence in the case. Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards says some evidence is still being analyzed by the State Crime Lab.

He also says authorities have recently interviewed a person of interest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbia County Crimestoppers at (800) 293-TIPS.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Wednesday, July 31, 2013 --- 11:42 a.m.

Columbia Co. deputies have re-opened the investigation into the death of Curtis L. Wylesky.

On April 23rd, 2001, Wylesky was found dead in a ditch on CTH Z just outside of Fall River.

Wylesky lived with his girlfriend near Beaver Dam at the time of his death.

Recently investigators re-examined the reports, autopsy, evidence and past investigation. Some of the evidence is still being analyzed by the State Crime Lab.

Deputies say a person of interest has been identified and interviewed recently.

Columbia Co. ask anyone with information to contact them.


Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2013 --- 8:57 a.m.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has re-opened the April 2001 investigation of the death of Curtis Wylesky.

Wylesky was found dead along the side of the road on Highway Z, northwest of the Village of Fall River in the Township of Fountain Prairie.

Deputies suspect foul play, and ask anyone with information about his death to contact them.

Authorities are providing pictures of Wylesky's truck and the area where his body was located. Anyone who passed through the area and saw his truck parked at the location should call deputies.

You can contact the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Detective Sergeant Daniel Garrigan at 608-742-4166 Ext. 3316 or Columbia County Crimestoppers at 1-800-293-TIPS (8477).

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