POLK COUNTY (DrydenWire) - In a significant breakthrough, the Polk County Sheriff's Office has taken a major step towards resolving a 1985 cold case involving the tragic death of Yvonne Menke. Over the past two years, investigators dedicated their efforts to unraveling the mysteries surrounding this decades-old homicide.
On November 13, 2023, a collaborative effort between Polk County and Maricopa County officials in Arizona led to the issuance and execution of warrants for Mary Josephine Bailey and her residence. Bailey is the prime suspect in the murder of Yvonne Menke, whose life was cut short on December 12, 1985, in the City of St Croix Falls, WI.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office website, on Thursday, December 12, 1985, shortly before 6:30a, Yvonne Menke, age 45, was murdered in the City of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
Ms. Menke died of three gunshot wounds to her head and neck as she left her home to go to work. A person of interest was observed fleeing the alley area where her car was parked shortly after gunshots were heard. The person of interest was believed to be under 6' tall wearing a dark-colored stocking cap, and a grey 3/4 length coat.
The Polk County District Attorney's Office meticulously reviewed the case, resulting in the filing of a criminal complaint and the issuance of an arrest warrant for Bailey.
Coordination with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office proved crucial, as Bailey was apprehended during the early morning hours of November 13, 2023.
Mary Josephine Bailey currently remains in custody in Maricopa County, Arizona, awaiting extradition to Wisconsin.
As of now, the investigation remains ongoing, and authorities refrain from commenting on the case.
The arrest of Bailey marks a significant stride toward justice for Yvonne Menke's family and underscores the unwavering commitment of the Polk County Sheriff's Office in bringing closure to long-standing cold cases.
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