Peshtigo victim identified

PESHTIGO, Wis. – Authorities have identified victim’s name in a homicide investigation in Peshtigo.

On Sunday, shortly after 7:15 p.m., officers with the Peshtigo Police Department responded to a home located at 526 Thompson Street where a female was discovered deceased, announced Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

As city officers secured the scene, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was called to assist with the death investigation.

The victim has been identified as Patricia Waschbisch, 45, of Peshtigo.

Investigators consider the death of Waschbisch to be homicide. An autopsy is expected today to determine an official cause of death.

A person of interest – 48-year-old Brent Kaempf – was identified and taken into custody for questioning Sunday night. Based upon evidence collected at this point, investigators believe there is no public safety threat.

Kaempf and Waschbisch were in a relationship at the time of her death.

No other information about the investigation is available at this time.

The Wisconsin State Crime Lab, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department and Wauwatosa Police Department also are assisting with this investigation.

Anyone with information should call the City of Peshtigo Police Department at (715) 582-4511.

In the event, someone is charged with a crime in connection with this incident, a defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

Individuals who feel they’re in danger should know there is help available, in Marinette County and across the state.

Victims may call the National Domestic Violence Hotline number at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or visit for a list of Wisconsin domestic violence victim service providers.