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Arrest made in Jackson County homicide

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An arrest has been made in a Sept. 9 homicide in Jackson County.

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At 10:23 p.m. last Thursday the Jackson County Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a man was in need of emergency medical treatment at 210 Park Ave., town of Brockway, Jackson County. Deputies arrived on scene and immediately began lifesaving measures on Thomas J. Boetcher, 53. Boetcher was pronounced dead at Marshfield Hospital later that night.

Also at the scene was a woman requiring emergency medical assistance. Kellie J. Schmidt, 52, who resided at the residence with Boetcher, was transported by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

After the initial investigation’s findings and Boetcher’s autopsy was completed, Schmidt was arrested for first degree intentional homicide. Schmidt is currently in custody at the Jackson County Jail pending her initial court appearance.

Details from the incident, including manner of death, have not yet been released and the investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations, the Department of Justice State Crime Lab and the Wisconsin State Patrol Technical Recon Group.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says this was an isolated incident and there is not considered to be any ongoing danger to the public.

Emily Pyrek can be reached at


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