UPDATE: Sheriff's Dept. seeks public info in homicide case

Published: May. 18, 2016 at 10:54 AM CDT
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Chief Deputy Patrick Schmidt tells NewsChannel 7 they are investigating the death of Luann Beckman as a homicide.

He told NewsChannel 7 by phone Thursday he could not yet release Beckman's manner of death, but did say she died at the hands of another person.

The body of Luann Beckman, 47, was found around 12:39 p.m Tuesday. Investigators said Beckman was last seen riding her bike around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Some phone calls were made, and we are doing some follow up on those phone calls. No formal complaint of a missing person was filed, but that doesn't mean phone calls been coming to the sheriff's department," Schmidt said.

According to the 911 call, which NewsChannel 7 obtained a transcript, it states the reporting party found Beckman's body on the trail behind apartments on Hackley Circle.The caller said Beckman was shirtless and alcohol bottles were around the body. The caller also reported there were paper's around the body that had Luann Beckman's name of them.

Schmidt said they do not believe Beckman was sexually assaulted.

While the Vilas county sheriffs office says the public is safe, some residents who live only several yards from the area where her body was found, think differently.

"This is a quiet community you know. Nothing happened like this around here," said Phelps resident Gary Brewer.

Brewer lives at Hillcrest apartments and saw a lot of action close to the property on Tuesday.

"I come home to other day and I seen all these cops cars and I was wondering what was going on," Brewer explained.

While the area is now opened up again to the public, Brewer says this news doesn't sit well with him.

"We only got four people living in this apartment anyway, so I told them at 9 p.m. I'm going to make sure they're locked. After this happened, you never know what's going to happen," Brewer said.

Chief Deputy Patrick Schmidt tells NewsChannel 7 no arrests have been made.

If you have any information about this case you're asked to contact the Vilas County Sheriff's Department at (715) 479-4441.