UPDATE: Shortly after 12p today, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told media that Chris Skar is in custody for his warrant as on noon today.


BARRON COUNTY -- The following is a press release from the Barron County Sheriff's Office regarding an overdose death in Barron County and a person of interest they are currently seeking.

Press Release

On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at 11:12 p.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a possible overdose at a residence just east of Rice Lake.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with Rice Lake Fire Department, MMC Ambulance and Lifelink Helicopter all responded to the scene.

Lifesaving measures were attempted on 32-year-old Crystal Braden but were unsuccessful. Braden was pronounced deceased at the scene of what the Sheriff’s Department is classifying as a drug overdose most likely Heroin.

This incident remains under investigation.

The Barron County Drug Unit is investigating and looking to speak with a person of interest in this case that fled the scene as lifesaving measures were being conducted. We are looking for Chris Skar, 37 of Rice Lake. Mr. Skar also now has a probation warrant for his arrest.

Anyone with information on Mr. Skar should contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Department at 715-537-3106.

— Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Last Update: Jul 09, 2022 6:51 am CDT

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