Retested Cigarette Butt Produces DNA Match in Cottage Break in

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Investigators say a cigarette butt found at the scene of a cottage break in northern Langlade County in 2010, was retested in May and produced a positive match giving prosecutors the evidence they needed to file criminal charges.

The Langlade County Sheriff's Department says they investigated a cottage burglary June 30, 2010 in the Town of Elcho. They say a door was kicked in and a screen door cut through. The alleged victims say four bottles of liquor and a Winchester model 100 .308 semi-automatic rifle with a scope were stolen.

According to court documents, detectives found no identifiable foot tracks or prints left behind, but did recover a cigarette butt from the scene. The cigarette butt was sent to the State Crime Lab for DNA testing. The State Crime Lab tested the cigarette butt on July 21, 2010 and on May 13, 2014. Prosecutors says that most recent test matched a DNA profile of Nathanial J. McKee, 21, of Grand Chute.

McKee is in custody in the St. Croix County jail where is serving an 18 month sentence for taking a vehicle without the owner's consent.

McKee is expected to be charged with burglary and two counts of theft in Langlade County. No future court dates have yet been set.

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