Authorities in Wisconsin are not releasing much information concerning the body found in a box in Bell County on Tuesday, citing it is an ongoing investigation and at this time no positive identification of the body has been made and no formal charges have been brought against the person of interest.
According to Wisconsin officials, the Prescott Police Department is conducting an active investigation involving a resident from Prescott. The resident had been reported as a missing person in Peoria County, Illinois.
Wisconsin officials acknowledge the body that Kentucky State Police located on Industrial Road in Bell County on Tuesday — the area widely known as “The Bridge to Nowhere” on Mountain Drive, but say that at this time no positive identification has been made.
Officials say they will not release any additional details until positive identification can be made and the next of kin can be notified.
The Prescott Police Department say that while they have detained a person of interest, no formal charges have been made. While police will not name the individual, they say that he or she is currently being held at the Pierce County Jail, in connection with their missing person report.
The Prescott Police Department says they are working very closely with the Pierce County District Attorney’s Office on the case and are currently waiting for positive identification of the body found on Mountain Drive, as well as the conclusion of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Officials say once a charging decision has been made by the District Attorney, the Prescott Police Department will release names and charges in connection with the ongoing investigation.
The Prescott Police Department stresses that information will be released as it becomes available and asks for the public to respect the privacy of the victim’s family during this process.
The Prescott Police Department said multiple agencies have assisted in the investigation and their help is appreciated.
Kentucky State Police Det. Josh Howard is in charge of the investigation here in Kentucky.
The Middlesboro Daily News will have more information on this ongoing story as it becomes available.
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