Person of interest identified in Columbia County cold case
Man found dead off road near Fall River in 2001
The Columbia County Sheriff's office has talked to a person of interest in the death of Curtis Wylesky.
Curtis Wylesky was 42 years old when his body was found near his truck outside of Fall River in April 2001.
Except for some scratches on Curtis Wylesky the sheriff’s office had few leads. They figured he’d been in a fight and the suspect was an acquaintance.
Chris Wylesky, Curtis' son, said that’s likely considering his father was a well-known roofer.
“There’s got to be other people out there who know more and they’re just not saying anything, and I’m hoping this will do some good,” said Chris Wylesky.
Curtis Wylesky was buried in a small cemetery in Beaver Dam.
His son still lives there and said about a month ago, the sheriff’s office called to tell him they’d reexamined reports and sent blood samples to be tested at the State Crime Lab.
"You take it personal. This is somebody's loved one that there's no closure, not only for them but for us," said Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards. “Twelve years have passed and any information that they may have seen or heard could be critical in this case."
“After twelve years, that’s a long time. You start to think it’s never going to happen, but when you get the call, you kind of get excited. It’s breathtaking,” said Chris Wylesky.
Richards said evidence taken from the scene of County Highway Z 12 years ago was recently taken to the state crime lab to be tested with new technology; some of that evidence included blood samples.
Richards would not offer any details to the person, but he called them "he" and said they were an acquaintance of the victim. Richards also said investigators spoke with this person of interest at the time of Wylesky's death.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office contacted the district attorney's office and said they are very close to making an arrest.
However, they still need the community's help.
"I think part of the issue is a lot of people may know things, but think it's too small to do anything. That may be the final piece to the puzzle," said Richards.
Anyone with information about Wylesky's death, or someone who traveled through this area and may have seen his vehicle parked at this location are asked to contact the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at 608-742-4166, or call Columbia County Crimestoppers at 1-800-293-TIPS (8477).
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