Eau Claire man wanted in connection to body found in 2018
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - An Eau Claire man is wanted in connection with a death investigation from 2018.
Court records show Roger Minck, 55, has been charged with hiding a corpse, delivery of schedule I or II narcotics, burglary of a building or dwelling and maintaining a drug trafficking place.
The criminal complaint says the basis for the complaint is a 2018 case in which the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person report in the town of Gilmanton for Toby Cleasby.
“It’s been two years and this has weighed heavily on the whole entire family and we were worried there for some time that nothing was going to be done,” Toby Cleasby’s daughter Rachel Leidy said.
Toby Cleasby went missing on Nov. 5, 2018. His body was discovered in Roger Minck’s house near the 2600 block of Seymour Road on Dec. 6, 2018.
“It’s still a great loss but any information on why they hid his body and left us searching for him for 31 days is going to be something we appreciate,” Toby Cleasby’s brother Todd Cleasby said.
Days after Toby Cleasby went missing, police found his car unoccupied near the Chippewa River. Crews then searched the river until his body was discovered.
“We’re angry at the people who caused us that 30 days of searching. I mean, they risked the lives of many people that were walking along the shores, on the river for 30 days. I, myself, was out I don’t know how many times on that river in a boat in the cold weather,” Todd Cleasby said.
The complaint also added that during the autopsy, a substance appearing to be heroin fell out of Toby Cleasby’s pocket. The autopsy revealed Toby Cleasby died of a mixed drug toxicity/overdose.
Roger Minck was reported to have given Toby Cleasby 10 oxycodone pills during the week prior to his disappearance, according to detectives.
Leidy said though her father struggled with addiction, drugs didn’t define. She described him as a caring man who always went out of his way to help people. She also said he was goofy and always laughing.
“Everybody in the community misses him. They miss seeing him. He used to stop by people’s house randomly just to check in on them and talk to them about there day and so a lot of people miss him,” Leidy said.
Toby Cleasby was 53 when he died.
In December 2018, investigators spoke to Kenneth Minck who was in the Eau Claire County Jail after having been arrested on Nov. 2, 2018. Kenneth Minck told law enforcement that he had turned over his house key and wallet to someone and advised that there shouldn’t have been anyone inside his home. The person Kenneth Minck said he gave his keys to came back to tell law enforcement that she had seen Toby Cleasby on the day he had gone missing. She also denied having the keys.
“What kind of person are you to begin with? You probably don’t have much feelings. But I’d want him to know the pain he caused for the entire family,” Leidy said.
“I would have still been angry that my brother is dead but not as angry as I am that he was moved and this was all staged,” Todd Cleasby said.
An arrest warrant for Minck was issued on Dec. 23, 2020.
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