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Suspect connected to burnt human remains charged with reckless homicide

UPDATE (WKOW) — The man connected with human remains found in a burn pit in Walworth County last week appeared in court early Monday morning.

43-year-old Matthew Neumann of Franklin has been charged with 1st-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon and hiding a corpse.

According to a criminal complaint, Neumann faces up to 60 years in prison for the reckless homicide charge. Since he allegedly committed with crime with a dangerous weapon, he may face an additional five years.

Neumann faces a fine of $25,000, 12 and a half years in prison, or both, in regards to the charge of hiding a corpse.


TOWN OF EAST TROY (WKOW) — The man who owns a trailer that was towed from a Walworth County property where the remains of two people were found in a burn pit last week, appears to be supportive of white supremacy.

A search of 43-year-old Matthew Neumann’s Facebook page, shows a picture of a Nazi SS symbol. According to the Anti-Defamation League, that’s a symbol of white supremacy. His page also includes a picture of a Confederate flag.

According to a press release from the Franklin Police Department, on Thursday, police arrested him for 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. The arrest is related to an arson investigation being conducted by the Milwaukee Police department. It’s also connected to the disappearance of two people.

Neumann has not been formally charged in court, but is in the Milwaukee County Jail on $250,000 bail. Charges are pending against him in multiple jurisdictions.

Officials expect charges to be filed on Monday. Police also hope to learn the identities of the burn victims then.

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