Middleton Man Arrested in Homicide Case

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Heather Stanek

A man wanted in connection with a homicide near Wisconsin Dells has been taken into custody.

Robert M. Pulvermacher, 68, of Middleton, is the primary suspect in the death of an 88-year-old Portage man. According to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Pulvermacher was arrested on Jan. 23 by the Madison Police Department.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a plow driver spotted Pulvermacher being dropped off near Pulvermacher Cartage on Manufacturer’s Drive in Madison. The driver immediately notified authorities.

Madison Police responded and found a set of fresh footprints in the snow leading to the business door. The trail proceeded to a row of bushes, where police found the suspect. Pulvermacher was arrested without incident, according to the report.

He was medically cleared through a Madison hospital and taken to jail to be transferred to Sauk County on the outstanding homicide arrest warrant.

Detectives tried to interview Pulvermacher about the death, but he refused to discuss it, according to the report.

Pulvermacher remains in custody at the Sauk County Jail pending a bail hearing.

According to a statement, Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister is glad to see Pulvermacher in custody and is grateful for the assistance provided by the Madison Police Department.

Authorities were searching for Pulvermacher after investigating the discovery of a body in a vehicle at Ho-Chunk Casino in the town of Delton on Jan. 14.

An autopsy report showed the victim was stabbed at least five times, perhaps with a single sided, non-serrated blade. He had wounds to his neck, back and shoulder.

Surveillance footage showed Pulvermacher with the victim prior to his death. The two eventually walked to the victim’s car but the view was obscured by other vehicles so authorities couldn’t see what exactly happened in the car. Pulvermacher was later captured on video walking back into the casino without the victim, according to the criminal complaint.

During the investigation, a department of corrections agent identified Pulvermacher because he was under probation supervision at the time, according to the complaint.

Authorities followed leads to a Madison hotel where Pulvermacher was believed to be staying but they had no luck locating the suspect.

Pulvermacher faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge, a class A felony. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

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