Wisconsin police trying to solve 1963 cold case

Police send blood to crime lab
Wisconsin police trying to solve 1963 cold case

Police have sent blood from the scene of a 1963 stabbing death at a gas station near Neenah to a Utah crime lab.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department is hoping forensics testing at Sorenson Forensics in Salt Lake City helps make a break in the cold case. Sgt. David Mack says detectives are also interviewing people who could have more information about the crime.

Post-Crescent Media reports the case surrounding the death of 24-year-old gas station operator Wayne Pratt has been unsolved for more than five decades. He was stabbed more than 50 times.

Mack says the renewed effort will be a worthwhile step in the investigation even if it doesn’t break the case wide open. He says the department owes it to Pratt to pursue any additional leads.