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Few new details released in death of Patricia Waschbisch


MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ) - State and local law enforcement provided a few more details surrounding the murder of a Peshtigo woman over the weekend.

At a press conference Tuesday, Marinette County Coroner George Smith revealed preliminary results from an autopsy performed Monday on 45-year-old Patricia Waschbisch.

"The preliminary findings of the autopsy are that this young lady died of sharp-force injuries," said Smith, who later confirmed Waschbisch was stabbed.

Police say Waschbisch was found dead just after 7 p.m. Sunday at her Peshtigo home in the 500 block of Thompson Street. Authorities responded to the home after someone called 911, but they would not identify who made that call.

Waschbisch had dedicated her professional life to helping those affected by domestic violence - she worked as the interim director of Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy group in Marinette.

Her boyfriend, 48-year-old Brent Kaempf, was taken into custody early Monday in Wauwatosa, according to authorities.

"A Wauwatosa officer who was just doing his job came upon Mr. Kaempf," says Peter Thelen, Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation. "Just picking a vehicle out and made contact with the individual."

Kaempf was questioned in Milwaukee County, and was described as cooperative. 

Kaempf is expected to return to Marinette County facilities on Wednesday and could appear in court Thursday or Friday. 

A criminal complaint is expected to be released on Wednesday, but Kaempf is expected to be charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Authorities refused to answer a number of questions, including possible motive, the weapon used and if there were any other suspects or persons of interest in the case.