Now-grown witnesses key in 1982 cold case

Now-grown witnesses key in 1982 cold case

The lead investigator of a 1982 cold case slaying in Minocqua says additional testimony from key witnesses who were minors at the time of the crime helped lead to this week’s arrest of the victim’s husband.

Oneida County Sheriff’s Capt. Terri Hook says two additional detectives hired last fall also helped her department focus on re-interviewing the original witnesses in the case.

Hook says when the slaying of Barbara Mendez was re-investigated in 2002 and 2003, the focus was on DNA evidence. But, Hook says that is not the case this time with the case against Robin Mendez focusing on circumstantial evidence. Hook says the defendant had offered an explanation on why his DNA was found at the scene of the crime, the Park City Credit Union.