UPDATE: Bond Denied for Jackson Co. Man Accused of Killing Father

By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email
By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Tues 3:46 PM, Oct. 8, 2013

Bond has been denied for a 20-year-old Jackson County man accused killing his father, burning the body and burying the remains.

Lars Helgerson is expected to be charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, and driving a vehicle without the owners consent.

According to the criminal complaint, Lars Helgeson told authorities he killed his 57-year-old father, Brian Helgeson, because he was "imprisoning him" at the house they shared in the town of Hixton and he was "just sick of all of it."

Lars Helgerson said said he killed Brian on September 15 or September 16. Friends reported Brian missing on September 23.

Lars Helgerson is expected to be charged October 14 in Jackson County.

UPDATE: Thurs 9:33 AM, Oct. 3, 2013

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A criminal complaint filed in Jackson County says a 20-year-old man told investigators he fatally shot his father and hid his body because his dad inflicted physical and emotional distress on him.

The complaint says Lars Helgeson told authorities he killed his 57-year-old father, Brian Helgeson, because he was "imprisoning him" at the house they shared in the town of Hixton and he was "just sick of all of it."

Helgeson is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent. The La Crosse Tribune says a Jackson County judge Wednesday denied bail for Helgeson.

The complaint says Helgeson followed his father outside Sept. 16 or Sept. 17, fatally shot him, then burned his body before burying it on the property. A family member reported Brian Helgeson missing Sept. 23.


UPDATE: Tues 1:57 PM, Oct. 1, 2013

New details have been released in the domestic homicide case in Jackson County, however a motive is still unknown.

According to WEAU-TV, Lars Helgeson, 20, of Hixton, told investigators he waited outside and then shot his father, Brian Helgeson, 57, four times with a .22 pistol. Lars Helgerson said it happened on either September 16 or September 17.

According to the probable cause statement, Lars Helgerson said he used a tractor and chain to drag his father, covered him with a blanket, and set it on fire. He said that he put the remains in the end loader bucket of the tractor, dug a hole with a shovel, and put the remains in it.

Helgeson also admitted to stealing an SUV that he drove around the area.

Helgerson remains behind bars in the Jackson County Jail.


UPDATE: Fri 11:09 AM, Sept. 27, 2013

A 20-year-old man is in custody in Jackson County and is expected to be charged with his father's death.

According to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Lars Helgerson was taken into custody on September 25 after a manhunt that involved several departments.

Investigators believe Lars Helgerson shot and killed his father, Brian, 57, and buried his body on their Town of Hixton property. A body was found on the Helgson's farm, however the sheriff's department has not yet confirmed the body is Brian Helgerson.

ORIGINAL STORY: Tue 4:20 AM, Sept 24, 2013

A search continues in south central Wisconsin for a 20-year-old man who is considered armed and dangerous.

According to WEAU-TV, Lars Helgeson is considered to be a person of interest in the disappearance of his father, Brian Helgerson, 57. Brian Helgerson has not been seen in over a week.

On Monday, a family member went to the Helgersons home to check on Brian. She said no one came to the door when she knocked. Through a window she could see someone crouching down as if they did not want to be seen. The woman left and contacted authorities.

When deputies arrived they found no one inside the home.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Lars Helgeson may be driving a stolen 1980 Chevy Suburban with plate 589-DEW. That vehicle is brown.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 284-5357.

Photos of Brian and Lars Helgerson were not immediately available.

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