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UPDATE: $500,000 bond for woman accused of 2001 homicide

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Bond has been set at $500,000 cash for the woman arrested last week in connection with a 2001 cold case killing. 

Leah Waldhart is accused of first degree intentional homicide in the death of Curtis Wylesky. She appeared in court in Portage on Monday for an initial appearance.

Wylesky, who was 42 at the time, was found dead in a ditch on Columbia County the morning of April 23, 2001. 

He and Waldhart were dating.

Sheriff Dennis Richards said the medical examiner's final ruling was that Wylesky died of a cocaine overdose. A criminal complaint states he was found with two plastic bags of cocaine in his stomach. 

Richards said Wylesky also sustained some physical injuries indicative of a struggle at the scene, but said those injuries were not serious enough to cause death. 

Richards said his department re-opened the case into Wylesky's death in 2012. 

"I feel sorry for the family that they had to wait this long for a suspect to be taken into custody," Richards said.

"But there's a long way to go yet," he added, "ultimately it will be up to a judge and a jury. 

Richards said Waldhart was always a person of interest in the case. The criminal complaint says Wylesky's son found a pair of notes from Waldhart on his father's kitchen table the same morning his body was found. 

One note accused Wylesky of cheating on Waldhart with another woman. The second note asked Wylesky to meet Waldhart at what became the crime scene. 

The complaint alleges Waldhart told police she dropped off the notes at Wylesky's residence on the night of April 22, 2001. 

The complaint also states Waldhart told a friend that she had killed her boyfriend years earlier and gotten away with it. 

The friend, who said she got to know Waldhart beginning in 2011, said Waldhart told her she had been investigated in connection with Wylesky's death but "they didn't have any evidence against me." 

The complaint alleges the friend made that statement to a law enforcement officer during an interview in October, 2012. 

Richards said his department is still looking for information about the case.

"Many times people think, 'oh, somebody already knows this (information) because they arrested her,' and I want them to know, please call and give us that information," the Sheriff said.

"We may not have that piece of the puzzle," Richards said. 

The sheriff's department can be reached at (608) 742-4166. 

Waldhart is due back in court in April.

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