Suspect in Sauk County homicide is former prison escapee

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SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) — The suspect wanted for the murder of a man in a casino parking lot has an extensive criminal history.

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

Robert 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.

Jennifer Kliese

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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