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UPDATE: Man in custody in homicide death of woman from Peshtigo


PESHTIGO, WI (WTAQ) - A Peshtigo woman was found murdered in her home Sunday evening, and her boyfriend is being held as a person of interest. 

The Wisconsin Attorney General’s office says 48-year-old Brent Kaempf was in a relationship with 45-year-old Patricia Waschbisch. 

Authorities say they are investigating the death as a homicide.   

Around 7:15 p.m. Sunday, authorities responded 526 Thompson Street concerning the discovery a deceased female. 

Kaempf was identified as a person of interest Sunday night and was taken into custody. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the cause of death.

The Wisconsin State Crime Lab, the Marinette County Sheriff's Department and Wauwatosa Police Department are assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information should call the City of Peshtigo Police Department at (715) 582-4511.

Waschbisch was the interim director of Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services in Marinette. She is described as a tireless worker for domestic violence victims.

"I know for a fact that there are countless victims in Northeast Wisconsin that are safer, and alive today because of the work she did," said Tony Gibart, Public Policy Coordinator with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

Waschbisch was also a training presenter with WCADV, educating domestic violence advocates statewide on how to prepare restraining orders.

Individuals who feel they're in danger should know there is help available, in Marinette County and across the state. Victims may call the National Domestic Violence Hotline number at (800) 799-SAFE (7233), or visit http://www.wcadv.org/gethelp for a list of Wisconsin domestic violence victim service providers.