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The disappearance of a Wisconsin woman who went missing last year is now being investigated as a homicide, police said Friday.
Sandra Eckert, 70, was last seen at her home in Franklin, Wis., on March 26, 2021, following an argument with her husband, police say, FOX 6 reported.
Franklin police confirmed Friday that a search warrant was executed at a Waukesha home on June 7, 2022, relating to the first-degree intentional homicide and concealment of a corpse case.
A man was arrested at the residence but was later released, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. No one is in custody for Eckert’s homicide.
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Police said there were two people of interest in the case, both of whom were known to them.
Eckert’s gray 2005 Dodge Stratus is also still missing. Muskego police saw the car at 3 a.m. on March 27, 2021, however, the woman’s disappearance was not known at that time.
Franklin Police Sgt. Jeremy Fadness said in April that police confiscated electronic devices and “additional evidence” from Eckert’s home last year through search warrants, which remain under a court-ordered seal “to protect the ‘investigative integrity’.
Police said last year that Eckert’s known cell phone, social media accounts and bank accounts have all been dormant since his disappearance was reported, according to FOX 6.
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Eckert’s children told the Journal Sentinel in April that they believe their father may be responsible for their mother’s disappearance.
Wes Eckert Jr. said he and his sister, Kelsey Eckert, are suspicious of their father because he “didn’t help with the research in any way.”
But Wes Eckert Sr. said he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance.
“Some of my kids think I did something,” he said. “I didn’t, and I didn’t hire anyone to do anything either.”
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Eckert Sr. said he believed his children suspected him of being to blame because of an argument he and his wife had the day before he disappeared.
He said that at one point in the argument, his wife got dressed and appeared to be preparing to leave and he told her they would continue the conversation the next day.
“That’s basically the last time I saw her,” Eckert Sr said.
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Sandra Eckert took several thousand dollars in cash from the house when she left the residence, according to Wes Eckert Sr., who suggested his wife’s death may be money and foul play related.
The Eckert family is offering a $50,000 reward for a tip that leads to a conviction.