BREAKING: Human Remains Found In Vilas County Identified as Sandra Schinke

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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UPDATE: 3:01 PM 9/21

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office confirms for NewsChannel 7 that the remains found in Plum Lake are those of Sandra Schinke.

Those remains were found near a snowmobile trail in the Northern Highland Forest, east of Sayner.

Vilas County Law Enforcement says investigators from the Wisconsin Crime Lab, Department of Criminal Investigation, and DNR Rangers assisted in the recovery of the remains.

Those remains were transported to Madison today and were identified as Sandra Schinke.

Schinke was reported missing from her home April 6th of 2012. Investigative leads and intensive ground search followed after that date, but she was never located.

Stay with NewsChannel 7 for the latest.


The Vilas County Sheriff tells NewsChannel 7 the investigation involving their department and the State Crime Lab has turned up human remains.

They've been searching the area where a hunter found what he believed to be a child's jacket and shoe. It was near a snowmobile trail in the Northern Highland State Forest in Plum Lake, east of Sayner.

The State Department of Criminal Investigations has been investigating evidence at the scene all day.

They don't know if the remains are of a man or woman.., but they are in the area where 55-year-old Sandra Schnike went missing in April of 2012, and they believe the remains have been there about the same amount of time that Schnike has been missing.

The Sheriff says it was near a snowmobile trail in the Northern Highland State Forest.

We'll continue to follow this story... And bring you any updates as they become available.


The Vilas County Sheriff tells NewsChannel 7 the state crime lab and the Wisconsin State Patrol are assisting the department as they investigate an area south of Boulder Junction in the Northern Highland State Forest.

Sheriff's Joe Fath said an investigation began Thursday morning after a man discovered a child's jacket and shoe near a snowmobile trail.

Sheriff Fath said the scene is being photographed and the state patrol is mapping the area. Sheriff Fath said range-finding equipment will also be used during the investigation .

A ground search is expected to resume Friday.

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