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New Information: UW-Stout student dies from severe blood loss


Menomonie (WQOW) - Law enforcement ruled the death of UW-Stout student Rickey Hible, 22, as accidental after investigating the incident since April. 

According to a press release from the Menomonie Police Department, on April 16, 2016 at approximately 7:07 a.m. Rickey Hible was found deceased at 920 8th Street East in Menomonie, Wis. During the course of the investigation the Menomonie Police Department interviewed a variety of potential witnesses and persons residing in the neighborhood where Hible was found.

Police said Hible was with various groups of friends the evening of April 15, 2016 prior to his death. He first met friends at a grill out and then went to a party before going to some bars in downtown Menomonie. The friends described him as easy going that night, and said he did not seem upset prior to his death. After bar close at 2:30 a.m., Hible was seen in front of Jeff’s Pizza where he met a friend. The release said they both walked towards the 900 block of 9th Street East in Menomonie. A pizza delivery person and friend of Hible witnessed the two individuals walking east on Main Street near Toppers Pizza around 2:30 a.m. – 2:45 a.m.

At around 3:00 a.m., Hible and the friend arrived at 919 9th Street East. The friend went into the residence leaving Hible outside for approximately five minutes. When the friend came back outside Rickey Hible was no longer in the yard.

Police said Hible was then seen next to the marquee sign at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (910 9th Street East in Menomonie, Wis.). The witness observed Hible lying on the ground below the sign. Rickey Hible stood up and yelled as he ran across the street towards 919 9th Street East. The witness did not call the police.

Hible was not seen again until approximately 7:07 a.m. when he was found deceased at 920 8th Street East. He was found by an individual doing handy-work at a neighboring residence.

The Wisconsin State Patrol provided a forensic mapping reconstruction of the scene while officers of the Menomonie Police Department collected evidence. The glass of the marquee at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church was broken. Blood was found around the marquee and the street leading to Hible's body. Law enforcement said there was no evidence at the scene that indicated Hible struggled with someone prior to his death. The autopsy performed by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office did not locate any injuries on Hible that would indicate he was struck prior to his death. Additionally, there were no injuries to his knuckles showing he punched the glass on the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church marquee.

The Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death of Rickey Hible as accidental due to exsanguination, or severe blood loss. This was caused by injuries sustained after he fell through the glass on the church marquee. Police said Hible’s notable injuries were lacerations to his right forearm, right wrist, and inside of his right elbow area (transection of the radial artery). The toxicology results indicated his ethanol level was .298 gm/dl. No other substances were found in his system.

The following agencies provided assistance with the scene and/or investigation:

  • Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Wisconsin State Patrol
  • UW-Stout Police Department
  • Dunn County Sheriff’s Office
  • Menomonie Fire/Rescue Department
  • Menomonie Street Department


Menomonie (WQOW) - In Mid-April Menomonie police said 22-year-old Rickey Alan Hible of Shakopee, Minnesota was found dead outside of a church. He had cuts all over his body and police believed they came from broken glass found scattered around a nearby sign.

On Friday we learned he had a blood alcohol level of .298 at the time of his death, more than three-and-a-half times the legal limit. No other substances were found in his system. 

Menomonie police released the details of his toxicology on Friday and say more details of the investigation will be released on Tuesday. 


Menomonie (WQOW) - Police at UW-Stout are investigating a random, unprovoked attack on a student.

Police say a student was walking through the parking lot near Millennium Hall early Sunday morning when three men punched and kicked him repeatedly.

He was taken to the emergency room with non life threatening injuries.A witness saw the attack and tried to help and she was also hurt.

Police say the attackers were college aged men but are not sure if they are UW-Stout students.

“I don't believe the campus in any danger at this time,” said Sergeant Jason Spetz. “I believe from what we've gathered so far this was a random unprovoked act of violence. What we tell people is always make sure you're walking in a lit area, so stay in those areas, walk in a group at least with one other person and always be prepared to call police.”

If you have any information you are asked to call UW-Stout police.

Families of the victims are offering a one thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest

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