CRANDON (AP) — A man accused of raping a woman last weekend led investigators to a wooded area in Wabeno where the body of another woman missing for a month was found, authorities said Wednesday.
Rodney A. King, 18, confessed to killing Ruth LaBrosse, 48, who had been missing since Nov. 14, when she was last seen leaving a Wabeno bar about 11 p.m., Forest County District Attorney Demetrio “Butch" Verich said.
“We found the body where he said it was, which was in a wooded area in (Wabeno), off the edge of town," Verich said. “It was covered up with leaves and pine needles and so forth."
No charges had been filed Wednesday in LaBrosse's death. An autopsy was being performed Wednesday to determine the cause of death, Sheriff Roger Wilson said.
King was arrested in Green Bay on Tuesday on a warrant after he was charged in Forest County with first-degree sexual assault of a 26-year-old Wabeno woman early Saturday morning, Verich said.
King appeared in circuit court late Wednesday and bond was set at $350,000 cash. He remained in the Forest County Jail.
Verich said King had been living with the woman not as a boyfriend but as a boarder in the home.
“She took him in because she felt sorry for him," the district attorney said.
According to Verich, King used a gun and knife in threatening the woman about 3 a.m. Saturday outside her home. She got away from him once, but he caught her, knocked her down, ordered her to disrobe, dragged her to a secluded area in some woods in Wabeno and raped her.
“He threatened to kill her at that time also. He mentioned to her when he threatened her that he would kill her like the other woman who was missing," Verich said.
After the rape, the woman got away and ran to a friend's house to call for help, the prosecutor said.