WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU) - Wausau police have released more information into a Tuesday morning homicide.
The body of 49-year-old Kirby Kneiss was found inside a garage on the 100 block of North 7th Avenue yesterday morning around 7:15 am. Police and EMTs quickly determined that Kneiss was dead and that foul play was suspected. His body was transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Madison where an autopsy was performed. Results said he died of depressed skull fractures and head trauma.
Deputy police chief Bryan Hilts says the two suspects, 20 year old Warren Krohn and 18 year old Zachary Froelich broke into Kneiss' garage with the intent of burglary but murdered him instead.
Police went to a home on 10th Avenue after receiving information that the two suspects went there after the attack. Police have recovered a number of baseball bats from that residence which they are testing for forensic evidence at the state crime lab.
Formal charges have not yet been filed against either Krohn or Froelich but earlier reports said both suspects face armed robbery and felony murder charges. Hilts says reports in the case are still being finalized and the two may come up for initial appearances later this week.