Police identify body in suspicious death investigation

OSHKOSH, Wis -

A woman's body was discovered Wednesday morning in an Oshkosh apartment and a 38-year-old man was arrested at the apartment. 

Police have identified the woman as Trisha D. Baniel, 36, of Oshkosh.

Police have called the death on the 300 block of Bowen street suspicious and have not released the name of the woman or the man.  The man has not been officially charged for her death.

Oshkosh police received a report early Wednesday morning that a body was found in the upper apartment of a residence.

"We were contacted and I'm not exactly sure who contacted us, but we responded and when they said there was a female's body there that was deceased that was when we obtained a search warrant," said Oshkosh Police Public Information Officer Joseph Nichols.

Just before 5:00 a.m. authorities found the woman dead.  Police did not reveal a specific address.  Police arrested a 38-year-old Oshkosh man, who now faces charges of hiding a corpse and bail jumping.

Business owners and neighbors on Bowen were shocked by what happened. 

"I'm just surprised that it happened in this neighborhood," said neighbor Tanya Betts.

Sylvia Stang a nearby business owner said she had not heard about the incident.

"I'm shocked," said Stang.  "I don't even know what's going on."

Stang said she did not have any concerns about the neighborhood before.

"Well now I"m kind of concerned," said Stang. "I mean because its news to me a body was found."

 

Police believe this was an isolated incident and the public is not in danger.

"As far as we know the body was up there and the 38 year old man was there and that's what we're going on," said Nichols.

Police will release the name of the victim after her family is notified.  Police did not identify the 38-year-old Oshkosh man.  He has not yet been formally charged.

Police said they are waiting for the medical examiner's report to reveal the cause and time of death.  That could take up to several days.

 

 

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