MERRILL, WI (WSAU-Wheeler News) - Lincoln County investigators are looking for possible witnesses to an early morning fire at a murder scene. 49-year-old Mark Bucki is charged with the death of his estranged wife Anita. Bucki has admitted setting a fire outside of his Wegner Road home to destroy his wife’s belongings, but investigators believe the time Bucki says he started the fire isn’t accurate. That fire may have been in a burning barrel.
Bucki burned a large piece of carpeting along with other items on April 26th. Investigators are asking anyone that saw a fire outside of the Bucki home early that day to contact them at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities have not said if the fire is connected to Anita’s death, or just connected to destroying evidence after she died. Her body wasn’t found until a couple weeks after she was discovered missing.
Mark Bucki is due back in court June 27th on charges of homicide, hiding a corpse, and strangulation-and-suffocation.