Published On: Thu, Jul 5th, 2018

1976 Cold Case: David Schuldes and Ellen Matheys murders still unsolved, but DNA tech leads to new photo of suspect

David Schuldes and Ellen Matheys, an engaged couple from Green Bay, were camping in McClintock Park where they were both killed on July 9th 1976. David was found on a path near a restroom and had been shot in the throat with a .30 caliber rifle. Ellen was found in a wooded area outside the park; she had been sexually assaulted and shot twice with the same rifle. Their murders are still unsolved and investigators are asking for anyone with information to come forward.

Investigators said DNA technology produced a new composite photo of a suspect in the decades-old double homicide in Marinette County.

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference on July 9, to show the new photo and update the investigation into the slaying of the couple.

A couple reported hearing a gunshot at around 2:30 pm that day and an older news article writes that David’s body was discovered at around 2:55 pm. Ellen’s body was discovered early the next morning. I think the theory is that they were both walking towards the bathroom where David was killed first and then Ellen was taken by the perpetrator. A man was seen carrying a rifle in the park that day and a sketch of the possible suspect was released.

David and Ellen were planning on getting married in September of that year.

“It’s as good as a fingerprint,” said Lt. Jerry Sauve of the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department back in 2001 when information about the DNA findings were announced.

Ellen Matheys and David Schuldes

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