UPDATE: Suspect identified after arrest on Wood Co. property

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 5:15 PM CDT
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TOWN OF ROCK, Wis. (WSAW) - A man was arrested Thursday afternoon after Wood County Sheriff’s deputies searched a property in rural Wood County.

According to Wood County Sherriff Shawn Becker, Jacob Immerfall, 34, was arrested and is being held on a charge of hiding a corpse and a probation hold.

Sheriff Becker says his department executed a search warrant at a property on Patton Drive in the Town of Rock Thursday. The warrant was related to a case involving missing Marshfield man Zachary Vasa. Vasa was reported missing June 13.

Earlier, cadaver dogs hit multiple times in the house and on the 40-acre property. Sheriff Becker said a body wasn’t found.

“The subject in custody is not cooperating - which is very frustrating - we’re looking for answers for the family,” Sheriff Becker said.

Later that evening, The Marathon County Dive team, along with the Marathon County Sheriff’s department and Lincoln Fire department searched a pond on a property nearby the home where the arrest was made. Sheriff Becker said a cadaver dog had indicated something in that area.

But, Investigative Lt. Det. Joe Zurfluh with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office said nothing was found, and there is no reason to believe the owners of that property had anything to do with the disappearance of Vasa.

The investigation is ongoing. The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Marshfield Police, Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, and the Lincoln Fire Department are assisting also with the investigation.

This is a still-developing story and we will bring you the latest as more details become available.

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