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July 21 - Elizabeth Kutz and her children move out of their home.

July 27:

3 p.m. - Elizabeth calls her mother, Ellen Maier, from work telling her to call the police if she doesn't arrive home within a half-hour.

3:15 p.m. - Elizabeth is seen leaving her job at Demco in DeForest.

3:30 p.m. - According to Daniel Kutz, he parks his Chevy Cavalier near Highway V and flags down Elizabeth who was driving a friend's Jeep Grand Cherokee. Daniel's brother Jon Kutz says he lent Daniel his Mercury Cougar in the afternoon. According to Daniel Kutz, he and Elizabeth drive to Token Creek Park. He said he took off his shoes, which the police never found, when the couple had sex.

5-5:30 p.m. - Jon Kutz finds the Mercury near the defunct Fox-Haase Co. building in DeForest.

9:30 p.m. - Daniel Kutz says the couple stops at a Stop-N-Go on Packers Avenue. He says his wife was going to Portage, and he gets out of the Jeep.

11 p.m. - Deputies find Daniel Kutz's Cavalier near Fox-Haase, not where Daniel Kutz told police he parked it earlier.

11:30 p.m. - Daniel Kutz is picked up sweaty and shoeless walking near the Dane County Regional Airport. Deputies give him a ride to his brother's house. An hour and a half later the police return to arrest him.

July 29 - The Jeep Grand Cherokee Elizabeth Kutz was driving is found at Meriter Hospital in Madison.

July 31 - Maier asks for a temporary restraining order to keep Daniel Kutz away from his two children.

Aug. 1 - Daniel Kutz is charged in Dane County Circuit Court with misdemeanor counts of stalking and obstructing an officer.

Aug. 2 - Daniel Kutz is charged in Columbia County Circuit Court with a misdemeanor count of stalking and transported to jail in Portage. A search warrant of Kutz's home is executed.

Aug. 24 - Daniel Kutz is charged in Dane County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide and concealing a corpse. Cash bail is set the next day at $220,000.

Sept. 13 - Maier, 30 volunteers and 30 police officers search near Demco. Areas previously searched include DeForest, much of Columbia County, the Wisconsin River and parts of Dane County.

Sept. 15 - Dane County Circuit Judge Sarah O'Brien rules the state has probable cause to try Daniel Kutz for Elizabeth's murder.

Oct. 1 - More than 1,000 people turn out for a fund-raiser in Poynette to help Elizabeth's family cover the cost of continuing the search.

Oct. 7 - Adopt-A-Highway crew finds Elizabeth's purse while cleaning Highway 12 in the Dane County town of Springfield.

Oct. 16 - Maier files wrongful death lawsuit against Daniel Kutz.

Nov. 6 - Public defender enters innocent pleas for Daniel Kutz on the first-degree intentional homicide and concealing a corpse charges.

Nov. 18 - Dane County Sheriff Gary Hamblin and Columbia County Sheriff Steven Rowe ask deer hunters to watch for Elizabeth's body or items that may help authorities find her.

Dec. 27 - Dane County Circuit Judge Stuart Schwartz allows blood-stained wristwatch to be used as evidence.


Jan. 3 - Schwartz rules that the jury can hear about a statement Elizabeth made to her mother on the day she was last seen.

Jan. 10 - Trial begins after selection of Dane County jury.

Jan. 25 - Jury finds Kutz guilty as charged.

Sources: Staff coverage; Wisconsin State Journal; search warrants; court records; policeinterviews.


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