UPDATE: Vogelsberg homicide trial remains on hold in Dane County

UPDATED: Monday, September 15, 2014 --- 3: 23 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Dane County trial of a man accused of killing his autistic half-brother remains on hold while the defendant undergoes medical tests.

Thirty-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the 2012 death of 27-year-old Matthew Granville. Vogelsberg is also accused of burying Granville's body and intimating a witness, his grandfather.

Vogelsberg's trial has been on hold since Thursday when he was taken by ambulance to University Hospital. Authorities said results of a medical test taken earlier showed a potentially serious health concern.

The State Journal reports Judge Julie Genovese said Monday she has not been told details of his medical condition, but that doctors want the defendant to remain in the hospital for further tests.

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Opening arguments began today in the trial of the man accused of beating his autistic half-brother to death and then hiding his body.

30-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg is charged in the murder of 27-year-old Matthew Graville.

Vogelsberg is accused of regularly torturing and finally killing Graville in Mazomanie in the summer of 2012.

A jury of 9 men and 6 women were selected for this trial.

Vogelsberg also is charged with hiding a corpse and intimidating a witness.

Today, James Robar, Vogelsberg's grandfather testified.

The judge is expected to continue to hear arguments on Thursday.

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UPDATED: Monday, September 8, 2014 --- 10:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A jury has been picked for the homicide trial of a former Wisconsin man accused of beating his autistic half-brother to death and then hiding his body.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports a jury of nine men and six women was selected for the trial of 30-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg. Three of the panelists are alternates.

Vogelsberg is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 27-year-old Matthew Graville.

Prosecutors accuse Vogelsberg of regularly torturing and finally killing Matthew Graville in Mazomanie (mah-zoh-MAY'-nee) in the summer of 2012. Graville's body was not found until November of that year.

Vogelsberg also is charged with hiding a corpse and intimidating a witness, for allegedly writing a threatening letter to his grandfather.

The jury will hear opening statements on Tuesday.

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 18, 2013 --- 4:13 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a soldier accused of helping her husband hide his half-brother's corpse in the Wisconsin woods to two years' probation.

Shannon Remus, a military police officerat Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, faced one count of being party to hiding a corpse in the death of Matthew Graville. Prosecutors have charged Remus' husband, Jeffery Vogelsberg, with killing Graville in the rental home they shared in Mazomanie last year.

Remus agreed to plead guilty to two new misdemeanor counts of obstructing police. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the hiding a corpse charge if she completes two years of probation.

Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese approved the deal on Wednesday and ordered Remus to begin serving probation.

Vogelsberg's trial is set for October.

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UPDATED Sunday, September 15, 2013 --- 6:34 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A solider accused of helping her husband hide his half-brother's corpse has apparently reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Shannon Remus faces one count of being party to hiding a corpse in the death of Matthew Graville last year. Detectives believe Remus' husband, Jeffrey Vogelsberg, beat Graville to death in the Mazomanie rental home they shared and buried the body in the woods. They say Vogelsberg took Remus to the grave and she agreed to keep quiet.

Remus, a military police officer stationed in Washington state, waived extradition to Wisconsin in February.

Remus has a combination plea-sentencing hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Her attorney declined to comment. Assistant District Attorney Robert Kaiser didn't immediately return a message.

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UPDATED Thursday, February 21, 2013 --- 5:41 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a man accused of killing his half brother with intimidating a witness.

According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday, Jeffrey Vogelsberg threatened his grandfather, James Robar, in a letter from jail last week.

Robar called police in July to report that Vogelsberg's half brother, Matthew Graville, had gone missing. Detectives eventually found Graville's body buried in the woods. Prosecutors charged Vogelsberg in November with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

According to the new complaint, Robar told a detective Vogelsberg warned him reporting Graville's disappearance meant war. Vogelsberg sent Robar a copy of the detective's report on the remark from jail on Feb. 13. Robar said the letter disturbed him.

Vogelsberg's public defender didn't immediately return a message.

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UPDATED Thursday, February 21, 2013 --- 2:32 p.m.

Press Released from the Dane Co. Sheriff's Office:

Madison, WI. February 21, 2013 – Jeffrey Vogelsberg, currently being held in the Dane County Jail where he’s facing homicide charges in the death of Matthew Graville, has now been charged with Felony Intimidation of a Witness.

A family member closely connected to the case received threats from Vogelsberg and confided in Dane County Sheriff’s detectives that he fears for his life and the lives of other family members. Detectives were able to substantiate the threats by Vogelsberg, and he was charged in Dane County Circuit Court today with a cash bail of $20,000.

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UPDATED: Friday, February 8, 2013--5:50p.m.

MADISON--Bail for Shannon Remus was set at $100,000. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 14 at 9a.m.

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UPDATED: Friday, February 8, 2013 --- 8:55 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A military police officer stationed in Washington state has been extradited to Wisconsin where she's accused of aiding her husband in hiding the body of his half-brother.

Sheriff's officials say 26-year-old Shannon Remus was booked into the Dane County Jail late Thursday night on a felony charge of hiding a corpse. Remus waived extradition from Washington's Pierce County.

Remus is a U.S. Army police officer who was arrested Tuesday at the Lewis-McChord military base. Her husband, 28-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg, is charged in Wisconsin with torturing and killing Matthew Graville in Mazomanie last summer.

After Vogelsberg was arrested he told detectives he brought Remus to the secret burial site in some woods. Remus denies being at the burial site.

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UPDATED: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 -- 7:03 a.m.

The Dane County Jail has confirmed that Shannon L. Remus has now been extradited from Washington and is in custody.

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UPDATED Wednesday, February 6, 2013 --- 6:31 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A military police officer has waived her extradition hearing in Washington state, meaning she'll be brought to Wisconsin to face charges that she helped her husband hide his half-brother's corpse.

Shannon L. Remus is charged in Wisconsin's Dane County with being party to the crime of hiding a corpse. She appeared in Washington's Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday, where deputy clerk Melissa Engler says Remus opted not to fight extradition.

A message left with Remus's temporary public defender, Kerry Glasoe-Grant, was not immediately returned.

Remus was arrested at the Lewis-McChord military base Tuesday. She's a U.S. Army police officer with the rank of private.

Her husband is charged with torturing and killing his autistic half-brother in Wisconsin last summer. Dane County prosecutors say Remus helped organize the burial.

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UPDATED Wednesday, February 6, 2013 --- 12:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in Wisconsin say a military police officer stationed in Washington state helped her husband hide the body of his half-brother.

Dane County sheriff's officials say Shannon Remus was arrested at the Lewis-McChord military base Tuesday. Remus is a U.S. Army police officer who's being held in the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma, Wash. She faces an extradition hearing Wednesday.

Remus is the wife of Jeffrey Vogelsberg who's charged with torturing and killing his autistic half-brother Matthew Graville in Mazomanie last summer.

It wasn't immediately clear if Remus had an attorney. Pierce County jailers declined to pass a message to her Wednesday seeking comment.

Dane County sheriff's investigators say Remus has denied any involvement in Graville's murder, but say she knew where he was buried.

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UPDATED Wednesday, February 6, 2013 --- 11:10 a.m.

Press Release from the Dane Co. Sheriff's Department:

Madison, WI. February 6, 2013 – Dane County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested Shannon L. Remus, wife of Jeffrey Vogelsberg, on a felony charge of Hiding a Corpse.

Detectives traveled to McChord, WA on Tuesday, and took Remus into custody from the Lewis-McChord joint military base where she was stationed as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army. Remus, age 26, is currently being held in the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma, WA. She is scheduled for an extradition hearing later today.

Although she has denied any involvement in Matthew Graville’s murder, interviews and court testimony have confirmed that Remus had knowledge of Matthew’s murder and where he was buried.

The other parties involved in this case, Jeffrey Vogelsberg, Robert McCumber, and Laura Robar all remain in the Dane County Jail.

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 5, 2013 --- 11:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Fort Atkinson woman whose son was charged with killing his autistic half brother has been sentenced to a year for using the victim's public assistance benefit.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports 49-year-old Laura Robar pleaded no contest to two counts of identity theft Monday.

She's accused of using a Quest card belonging to 27-year-old Matthew Graville within weeks of his death to buy groceries.

Prosecutors have accused Graville's half-brother Jeffrey Vogelsberg of regularly torturing and finally killing him in Mazomanie last July.

Robar wasn't related to Graville but helped with financial affairs.

Dane County Judge Julie Genovese says Robar's crime exceeded the misusing of benefit. She says Robar likely knew Graville was gone at the time.

Vogelsberg is due in court in May where Robar may testify.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 31, 2013 --- 3:31 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former Wisconsin man accused of beating his autistic half-brother to death and then hiding his body has pleaded not guilty.

An attorney for 28-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg entered not-guilty pleas on Vogelsberg's behalf Thursday.

Vogelsberg is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

Prosecutors have accused Vogelsberg of regularly torturing and finally killing 27-year-old Matthew Graville in Mazomanie last summer. Graville's body was not found until early November.

Authorities arrested Vogelsberg in Washington state where he had moved to be with his wife, who's stationed at a military base. Authorities returned Vogelsberg to Wisconsin in December.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports a defense request to move Vogelsberg's trial out of Dane County will be heard May 6.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 30, 2013 --- 7:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Lawyers for a former Wisconsin man accused of killing his autistic half-brother want a judge to move his trial out of Dane County.

The State Journal reports defense attorneys say broadcast, print and online coverage of the case has made it impossible for Jeffrey Vogelsberg to get a fair trial in Madison.

Prosecutors have accused 28-year-old Vogelsberg of regularly torturing and finally killing 27-year-old Matthew Graville in Mazomanie last summer.

Authorities arrested Vogelsberg in Washington state where he had moved to be with his wife, who's stationed at a military base. Authorities returned Vogelsberg to Wisconsin in December. A Dane County judge recently bound him over for trial on one count of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of hiding a corpse.

He's expected in court Thursday for arraignment.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 --- 8:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former Wisconsin man accused of killing his autistic half-brother is due back in court this month to enter his pleas.

Prosecutors have accused 28-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg of regularly torturing and finally killing 27-year-old Matthew Graville in Mazomanie in July.

Police arrested Vogelsberg in Washington state in November. He had moved to the state to be with his wife, who is stationed at a military base there.

Authorities returned Vogelsberg to Wisconsin in December. A Dane County judge bound him over for trial last week on one count of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of hiding a corpse.

He's set to return to court Jan. 31 for an arraignment, the step where a defendant enters pleas. His public defender, Patrick Schilling, didn't immediately return a message.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 10, 2013--5:30p.m.

MADISON--Authorities found the body of Matthew Graville buried in a wooded area in November. The 27-year-old had been reported missing near the end of July.

Graville had Asperger's syndrome and lived with his half-broth, Jeffrey Vogelsberg, as well as other members of Vogelsberg's family and a roommate.

Today, a Dane County Judge has decided that Vogelsberg will stand trial in Graville's death. He faces charges of first degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

Today in court, roommate Robert McCumber described waking up in July and finding Matthew Graville's body lying on the couch."I noticed his mouth was slightly open and he wasn't breathing," said McCumber.

McCumber said he was woken up the night before by the sound of angry voices. He described hearing Graville and Vogelsberg fighting in the bathroom. "I heard Matthew struggling, kicking the side of the bathtub," he said. "I heard the bathtub faucet running."

In the past, McCumber has said that Vogelsberg used to beat Graville and shoot him with a BB gun.

He said when he told Vogelsberg of Graville's death, Vogelsberg threatened to harm him or his girlfriend if he didn't help dispose of the body and trash Graville's stuff. He said Vogelsberg asked him to wrap Graville in plastic and then stuff him in a freezer, until they could dig a grave. He said he also threw out things Vogelsberg used to beat Graville--including a 2x4, that he said had the words "Matthew's Motivator" written on it.

McCumber said he also helped dig the grave and bury the body. "The first time we both dug, the second time he made me do all the digging," he said. "He had a nine millimeter pistol."

The medical examiner also spoke in court today. He said the cause of death was blunt trauma of the head and torso with fractures and visceral injuries.

After the body was found, Vogelsberg was arrested at a military base in Washington. His wife was serving active duty in the military.
He had fought extradition back to Wisconsin, but after a request from Governor Walker, he was returned to Dane County.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 10, 2013 --- 11:39 a.m.

Jeffrey Vogelsberg will stand trial in the death of his half-brother, Matthew Graville.

Vogelsberg was bound over for trial during a hearing today at the Dane Co. court house.

Vogelsberg allegedly beat Graville on June 30 at a home in Mazomanie where they were living.

Graville had Asperger's syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder. Detectives found Graville's body buried in the woods months after he disappeared.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 2, 2013 --- 6:46 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Bail is set at $1 million for a Wisconsin man charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his half-brother last summer.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg appeared in Dane County court on Wednesday. After trying to fight extradition from Washington state after his arrest in November, Vogelsberg was returned to Madison and booked into jail last Friday.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Assistant Public Defender Patrick Schilling said he and Vogelsberg agreed with prosecutors to the $1 million bail.

The complaint charges that Vogelsberg beat his half-brother, 27-year-old Matthew Graville, on June 30 at a home in Mazomanie where they were living.

Graville had Asperger's syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder. Detectives found Graville's body buried in the woods months after he disappeared.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 2, 2013 --- 1:47 p.m.

Jeffrey Vogelsberg, the man accused of killing his half brother Matthew Graville, appeared in court today.

Bail was set at $1 million.

Vogelsberg, age 27, was arrested by Dane County Sheriff’s detectives in Lewis, Washington on November 5th. He attempted to fight extradition back to Wisconsin, but ultimately Washington Governor Christine Gregoire granted a request from Governor Scott Walker to complete the extradition.

Vogelsberg is being charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide.

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UPDATED Saturday, December 29, 2012 --- 3:31 p.m.

From the Dane County Sheriff's Department:

Madison, WI. December 29th, 2012 – Jeffrey J. Vogelsberg has been extradited from Pierce County Washington, back to Dane County, where he will now face charges in the homicide of Matthew J. Graville. Dane County detectives traveled to Washington and took custody of Vogelsberg, who was booked into the Dane County Jail late Friday night.

Vogelsberg, age 27, was arrested by Dane County Sheriff’s detectives in Lewis, Washington on November 5th. He attempted to fight extradition back to Wisconsin, but ultimately Washington Governor Christine Gregoire granted a request from Governor Scott Walker to complete the extradition.

Vogelsberg is being charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide for the killing of Matthew, his half brother. He is also facing a felony charge of Hiding a Corpse. His first court appearance is expected on Wednesday, January 2nd.
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UPDATED Thursday, December 13, 2012 --- 2:28 p.m.

NBC15 News has learned that Jeffrey Vogelsberg, who is charged in the murder of Matthew Graville, will return to Wisconsin.

Vogelsberg is currently in custody in Washington state. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker requested a rendition warrant to return Vogelsberg to Wisconsin. Today, a spokesperson with the Governor's Office in Washington tells us extradition request was approved Wednesday. According to the spokesperson, the Pierce County (Washington) Sheriff's Office county and Wisconsin officials now need to determine the appropriate timing and manner of transport of the suspect.

Vogelsberg is Graville's half brother. He is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. Graville went missing over the summer. His body was found in November.

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PDATED Wednesday, November 14, 2012 --- 2:19 p.m.

Robert McCumber and Laura Robar appeared in Dane Co. court today.

McCumber is charged with hiding Matthew Graville's body. Robar is charged with stealing Graville's identity.

McCumber waived his preliminary hearing, and will head to trial. Robar asked to have her preliminary hearing delayed until she gets a lawyer. The judge agreed.

Officials with the Dane Co. Sheriff's Office say today would have been Matthew Graville's birthday. Jeffrey Vogelsberg is in Washington state fighting extradition. Vogelsberg, who is Graville's half brother, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

NBC15's Chris Woodard was at today's hearing, and will have updates on NBC15 News at 4, 5 and 6.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 7, 2012 --- 5:15 p.m.
Posted By: Barclay Pollak

It sounds like Jeffery Vogelsberg's relationship with his half-brother Matthew Graville went well beyond sibling rivalry.It turned into torture.

Now, officials are working to uncover the whole truth and figure out exactly how Matthew Graville died.

Today, Robert McCumber and Laura Robar were in a Dane County court. Vogelsberg already appeared in court in Washington state where he lives.

McCumber is charged with hiding Graville's body and Robar is charged with stealing his identity.

We also got a first look at the criminal complaint today. During an interview with Dane County sheriff's officials McCumber says Vogelsberg would often beat and shoot Graville with a BB gun.

According to McCumber the night before he allegedly died he was waterboarded.

Mary Ellen Karst with the Dane County District Attorney's Office says, " What we are hearing is of significant events of physical abuse to Mr. Graville and such again that death was ultimately a blessing."

McCumber claims he did nothing during the event because Robar was there and he thought she'd stop it. He claims he overheard Vogelsberg tell Graville to put his underwear back on, give him some pain pills and tell Graville to take them.

The next morning McCumber found his lifeless body on the couch surrounded by pain pills. McCumber claims he then wrapped the body in plastic, stored it in a freezer and several days later he and Vogelsberg dumped it in the woods.

Karst says, " This was no mere quick dumping of a body. But an extensive thoughtful course of conduct engaged in over a period of days to evade detection by law enforcement. "

Bail was set at $100,000 for McCumber and Robar. Both will be back in court on November 14th for their preliminary hearings.
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UPDATED Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 5:49 p.m.

Press Release from the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office:

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the human remains exhumed yesterday in rural Lone Rock, Wisconsin (Sauk County) as that of the missing autistic Mazomanie man, Matthew Graville.

The body of the 27 year-old GRAVILLE was positively identified during a day long autopsy today (11-06-12) at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The official ruling on the cause and manner of death for Mr. Graville is pending additional study.

This investigation involved multiple cooperating agencies that include the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, the Dane County District Attorney’s Office, the Madison Police Department, the FBI and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Also involved in the recovery effort and the ongoing investigation are experts from the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, Field Response Unit and a forensic anthropologist. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office worked closely with the Sauk County Coroner during this investigation and the subsequent recovery.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 1:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The half-brother of an autistic Mazomanie man who had been missing since June has been charged with killing him and burying his body.

At a news conference Tuesday, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Matthew Graville was tortured and abused by his half-brother who killed him, froze his body in a freezer and then buried it near Mazomanie last July.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. The sheriff said the 27-year-old Graville lived with his half-brother in Mazomanie before Vogelsberg moved to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington with his wife, who's in the Army.

The State Journal (http://tinyurl.com/d2thve3 ) says sheriff's officials are also holding a relative who's accused of stealing from Graville's bank accounts. A third person is suspected of helping Vogelsberg hide the victim's body.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 1:00 p.m.

From the Dane County Sheriff's Department:

Madison, WI. November 6, 2012 – Yesterday afternoon, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Department of Justice Crime Lab, recovered a body buried in a wooded area of public land just off of Highway 130 south of Lone Rock. The body closely matches the description of missing person Matthew J. Graville, age 27 of Mazomanie.

Almost simultaneously, Dane County Sheriff’s detectives were working with military police at Fort McCord military base in Lewis, Washington, where they arrested Jeffery J. Vogelsberg, age 27. Vogelsberg is currently being held in the Pierce County Jail on a tentative charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide, for the killing of Matthew Graville, and a felony charge of Hiding a Corpse. Vogelsberg is the half-brother of Matthew and has been residing at Fort McCord since late July with his wife who is serving active duty in the military.

On Saturday, November 3rd, detectives went to interview Matthew’s stepmother, Laura J. Robar, regarding her misuse of Matthew’s disability support and finances. That interview and a subsequent interview with Robert McCumber, led detectives to the location in Sauk County where the body was recovered.

Laura J. Robar, age 49 of Fort Atkinson, is currently being held in the Dane County Jail on charges of Identity Theft and Party to a Crime of Hiding a Corpse.

Robert McCumber, age 28 of Mazomanie, is the homeowner and lived at the residence in Mazomanie where Matthew lived with the Vogelsberg family. McCumber was a close friend of Jeffery, and admits to burying the body with Vogelsberg. McCumber is also being held in the Dane County Jail on a felony charge of Hiding a Corpse.

Detectives conducting this investigation have uncovered stories of extensive physical and mental abuse to Matthew at the hands of Vogelsberg and McCumber.

Matthew was last seen on June 30th and was reported missing by his stepgrandfather. The step-grandfather who resides in Monroe was concerned that he had not seen or heard from Matthew and reported it to Monroe PD on July 23, 2012. Madison PD had contact with Matthew’s biological mother in September when they learned of the case, and soon realized that Matthew had been living in Mazomanie. It was then that the case was transferred to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office on September 19th, 2012.

Detectives now believe that after Vogelsberg and McCumber kept Matthew’s body frozen for several days, they then buried him on the Sauk County property on July 5th. An autopsy is being conducted today by the Dane County Medical Examiner to obtain a positive ID, along with determining the cause and manner of death. This remains an ongoing investigation and detectives are still interested in talking with anyone who may have information related to Matthew and this case. Information can be relayed to detectives via the Dane County tip line at (608) 284-6900.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the media for their ongoing coverage of this missing person investigation. The Sheriff’s Office also thanks Adam’s Outdoor Advertising for the assistance in getting Matthew’s photo displayed on one of their beltline billboards. Special thanks also goes to all of the agencies that have assisted the Dane County Sheriff’s Office including Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office, the State Crime Lab, the Military Police at Fort McCord, the FBI, and the Dane County District Attorney’s Office.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- Noon

There is new information in the disappearance of 27-year-old Matthew J. Graville (from Mazomanie).

NBC15 News has learned Graville's body was found buried.

According to Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, Graville died on July 12. He was frozen in a freezer, then buried near Lone Rock.

Graville's half-brother, Jeffrey Vogelsberg, is now under arrest for First Degree Intentional Homicide. He will also be charged with hiding a corpse.

Vogelsberg was taken into custody in the state of Washington.

He is expected to make a court appearance this afternoon.

Police also arrested a second man; 28-year-old Robert McCumber -- the owner of the land. Graville and Vogelsberg had lived at his home. Vogelsberg rented land from him. Investigators say McCumber took them to the spot where Graville's body was found. He is tentatively charged with hiding a corpse

Investigators also say Graville's stepmother, Laura Robar, is facing charges. They say she used his identity to purchase food stamps.

Deputies believe Graville suffered a great deal of mental and physical abuse before his murder.

Stay with NBC15 and NBC15.com for continuing coverage.

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UPDATED Monday, November 5, 2012 --- 10:40 p.m.

The Dane Sheriff's Department says they will hold a press conference in this case Tuesday morning at 11 a.m.

Be sure to stay with NBC15 and nbc15.com for the latest information.

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UPDATED Monday, November 5, 2012 --- 12:05 p.m.

Right now, investigators in Dane and Sauk Counties are searching an area near Lone Rock for Matthew J. Graville.

The 27-year-old from Mazomanie was last seen on June 30 in Dane County.

Matthew is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

Investigators tell us a tip led them to an area near Lone Rock (off of Highway 30). The tip came from interviews conducted by investigators.

NBC15 Chief Photographer Curt Lenz is at the scene. He sees investigators using a backhoe in their search for clues.

Stay with NBC15 and NBC15.com for continuing coverage on this story.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 23, 2012 --- 1:17 p.m.

Press Release from the Dane Co. Sheriff's Office:

Madison, WI. October 23, 2012 – The Dane County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the disappearance of Matthew J. Graville, age 27 of Mazomanie.

The Sheriff’s Office first publicized this case on Monday, October 1st. This information did generate a few tips from the public, however the small amount of tips that were received have been investigated and ruled out. Therefore the Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the public once again, in hopes that additional information may aid them in finding Matthew.

Matthew is considered endangered due to the fact that he has Asperger's syndrome. Law enforcement has not been able to confirm that he has been seen by anyone since June 30th of this year. Anyone that has information on Matthew is asked to call the Dane County tip line at (608) 284-6900, or, you can leave an electronic message via our website at www.danesheriff.com. The smallest amount of information may be helpful to detectives, so please do not hesitate to call.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 --- 2:30 p.m.

From the Dane County Sheriff's Office:

Sheriff’s detectives have located the white Toyota station wagon and spoken to the owner, who states that Matthew has not been with them.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the public’s assistance with this ongoing investigation and will continue to seek tips on Matthew’s whereabouts.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 --- 10:50 a.m.

From the Dane County Sheriff's Office:

Madison, WI. October 3, 2012 – The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the search for Matthew J. Graville, age 27, of Mazomanie. Matthew’s family has not had contact with him for several weeks and because Matthew has Asperger's syndrome, he is considered endangered.

On Monday, October 1st, the Sheriff’s Office released a photo of Matthew, and Sheriff’s Office detectives have been working diligently to search for him. As a result, some tips have surfaced that Matthew may be with a family residing in the Madison area. The tips describe the family traveling in an older model white Toyota station wagon, with the back tailgate being held down by bungee cords.

Sheriff’s Office detectives would like to make contact with the owner of this vehicle to either confirm or deny the tips. Anyone that sees a vehicle matching this description is asked to call 911. Any other information regarding this case can be left on the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900 or sent electronically via our website, www.danesheriff.com.

Additional information that detectives have received is that Matthew’s hair may be slightly longer than in the photograph and that he appears thinner.

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Posted Monday, October 1, 2012 --- 2:05 p.m.

The Dane County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in locating 27-year-old Matthew J. Graville.

Matthew was last seen on June 30 in Dane County. Matthew is considered missing/endangered due to the fact he has Asperger's Syndrome.

Anyone who has seen Matthew since June 30 is asked to call the Dane County Sheriff's Office at (608) 284-6900 or (608) 283-3971.

He has blonde hair, blue eyes. He is 5'10", weighs 170lbs.


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