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Sauk County Sheriff's Office to hold press conference one year after homicide at Devil's Lake

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John Craig Schmutzer

SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) -- Sauk County Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are holding a press conference on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. to recap and provide updates into the investigation of the homicide of John Schmutzer.

On October 14, 2020 Sauk County Sheriff's officials say Schmutzer, 24, was fatally stabbed near the park's Grottos Trail in broad daylight. A search continues for his killer. Sheriff Chip Meister says it's unclear whether Schmuzter's homicide was targeted or random.

Meister says during a period of time before Schmutzer's killing, he visited Wildcat Mountain State Park in Vernon County, LaValle and the Hilldale Mall in Madison. Meister does not explain how Schmutzer's movements prior to his death factor into the homicide investigation.

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