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UPDATE: Sheriff says robbery was apparent motive in killing of Portage man

UPDATE (WKOW) — Authorities say robbery was the apparent motive when an 88-year-old man was murdered outside the Ho-Chunk Casino in Baraboo.

Sauk County sheriff’s officials said today that property was taken when Harold Johnson was killed.

Pulvermacher, 68, remains a fugitive who may have been last seen earlier this week in Madison.


SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) — The Sauk County coroner has released the name of the man found dead Monday in a parking lot behind the Ho-Chunk Casino.

The man was identified as Harold A. Johnson, 88, of Portage, said Sauk County Coroner Greg Hahn.

A press release from the Sauk County Sheriff’s office called Johnson’s death a homicide.

Hahn said Johnson’s family had been notified and saw the body.

Investigators are searching for Robert Pulvermacher, 68, after finding Johnson Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the Ho-Chunk Casino near Wisconsin Dells. Authorities have determined the death is a homicide.

Pulvermacher was released from a state correctional facility in 2010 after serving time for felony burglary charges, according to state corrections records.

27 News reports from 1998 show Pulvermacher had escaped from a federal prison in Duluth in December 1998. He was captured about a week later after an extensive manhunt and faced additional charges.

Earlier that year, Dane County sheriff’s officials were also searching for Pulvermacher as part of their investigation into the murder of Father Alfred Kunz in the town of Dane.

Pulvermacher, who was 47 at the time, was not a suspect in that murder, but investigators said they believed he might know something about what happened because of his history of burglary and theft.

Now, Dane County sheriff’s officials tell 27 News Pulvermacher was questioned in the Kunz investigation but had a good alibi, so he was ruled out. The murder of Father Kunz has still not been solved, 20 years later.

Authorities in Sauk County are still searching for Pulvermacher in connection with the casino murder. If you have any information about the suspect, call 911.

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