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Investigators return to scene of unsolved murder 19 years later


Roberts (WQOW) - Almost 20 years after an unsolved homicide, investigators were back at the crime scene Thursday.

They're looking for a very important piece of evidence that was never found.

The scene has changed some since William Clapp was murdered on this property in 1993. His farmhouse no longer stands, and three modern homes have taken its place. But one important thing has stayed the same....the pond on the property. And that's where investigators hope to find a big piece of evidence that was never recovered: the murder weapon.

"In the case file itself, reviewing it, they did get some information back in 1993 that a possible murder weapon would be in this pond," says St. Croix County Sheriff's Department Investigator Cary Rose.

The St. Croix and Washington County Sheriff's Departments water recovery team waded through the muck Thursday, to look for the long gun used in the homicide.

"Even though it's been a long time, the barrel of the gun is still going to be intact," says Sgt. James Gribble, with the Washington County Sheriff's Department. "We're doing what's called a line search where the officers create a line, and we walk through the water with metal detectors checking the water in a very systematic fashion."

"If we found the gun today, it's another piece of the puzzle. Is it going to solve the homicide? We don't know. A gun, a weapon, is very valuable, there's a lot of information you can get off it," Investigator Rose says.

The team didn't get a chance to search the entire pond Thursday, and the weapon didn't turn up.

"We did get some information, some credible information on a person of interest, and we're going to follow that lead, see where it goes," says Investigator Rose.

That lead came from a tip.  Investigators did not elaborate, but they did tell us they're still hoping the public can help even more, after all these years.

"You know, maybe we'll get that phone call that we're looking for," Investigator Rose says.

No arrests have ever been made in the case.  Investigators say they will finish searching the pond sometime soon.

If you have any information about the case, call the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department at (715) 381-4320.

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