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Murder, suicide under investigation in Sheboygan County

Posted at 4:50 PM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 18:07:29-04

After receiving the 911 call, deputies and medical units responded to the residence in the N3100 block of Leynse Road in the town of Lima. SWAT resources were able to locate the body of Thomas W. Rank, 64, who was deceased. It appeared that he died from a gunshot wound.

After checking the residence, the body of Sarah L. Soucheck, 38 was located. She was deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Rank is Soucheck’s father.

The investigation is still pending and 911 tape will not be released until the investigation is complete. 

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TOWN OF LIMA, WI -- A Sheboygan County woman told a 911 dispatcher that she had killed someone Thursday afternoon, and that she was suicidal.

The alarming phone call came from a 38-year woman on a Sheboygan County farm in the town of Lima just before 2 p.m.

Larry Reimes, a neighbor who lives about a quarter mile away was outside when the situation unfolded.

"When something like this happens a number of squad cars go by in the afternoon we look to see what's happening," Reimes said.

The sheriff's office said the SWAT team, a negotiator and other responders rushed to a home near Leynse Road and County Road OO, after the caller said she was armed, suicidal and committed a homicide before she disconnected the phone line.

"We just don't have these things happen in this neighborhood," Reimes said.

After several hours, the sheriff's office said the area was secure and safe while some law enforcement stayed on scene to investigate.

"News spreads real quickly in this town," Reimes said.

Neighbors said this is an area where everyone knows everyone. They said the family has been part of the community for 20 plus years.

"When something like this happens so close to home and if it was a homicide it just kind of sets you back," Reimes said.

Several neighbors and friends of the family drove by the scene throughout the night. They said the couple living on the farm has at least one daughter in her 30s.

There are many questions as rumors spread through town, but it's a somber night even without knowing exactly what happened.

"We are grieving with the family if there is a death," Reimes said.

The sheriff's office plans to release more information Friday afternoon.