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Detectives: Financial issues prior to Father Kunz homicide

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Published: Mar. 2, 2018 at 7:57 PM CST
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Deputies with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office are wondering if financial issues are a motive behind Father Alfred Kunz’s homicide 20 years ago.

Fr. Kunz was the priest of St. Michael Church in the Village of Dane. On March 4, 1998, his body was found on the floor of the attached school. His throat had been slit, and there was evidence of a struggle with the murderer.

On Wednesday, a social media campaign was launched by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office in hopes of solving the cold case. They are releasing new evidence and facts in the case and are hoping to post daily. The posts include the hashtag, #whokilledfatherkunz.

According to the post on the Alfred Kunz Facebook page Friday, there were large amounts of money being moved from one church account to another in the months prior to his murder.

He also changed the executor of his will and changed who would receive an inheritance. Within a week before his death, offertory money was missing from the sacristy.

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Fr. Kunz was also romantically involved with multiple female parishioners.

"Those are facts that we have found in the investigation," says Mahoney, in reference to the allegations, "Whether that could be enough to drive somebody to murder a priest, I don't know. Only that suspect knows that."

To learn more about Fr. Kunz’s homicide, NBC15’s Leigh Mills did a special report with Mahoney who was a detective in the case. You can watch that story by clicking

If you have any information, call the TIPS line at (608) 284-6900 or email tips@danesheriff.com.