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UPDATE: Daughter charged in connection with mother found dead in Peshtigo enters insanity plea

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MONDAY 3/2/2020

MARINETTE, Wis. (WFRV) – The woman charged with allegedly hiding her mother’s body and living off her Social Security and investments has entered an insanity plea in Marinette County Court.

Court records show 61-year-old Paula Bergold appeared in court for an arraignment on Monday morning. An evaluation has been ordered for Bergold.

In September, Bergold was arrested for allegedly not reporting the death of her mother, 89-year-old Ruby, for up to four months. According to officials, Bergold put the body in a small plastic tub and kept it in a basement of her Peshtigo home.

A neighbor called police because Ruby had not been seen since May and Bergold was reportedly “being evasive to where Ruby might be.”

Bergold told police she found her mother dead in a chair and couldn’t bring herself to call authorities, according to a criminal complaint. After the body began to smell, she put it in the container.

She allegedly told police she’d been living off her mother’s Social Security income and investments, and said her concern about money played into her decision not to report her mother’s death.

Bergold is scheduled to appear in court again in May.

Daughter charged in connection with mother found dead in Peshtigo

MONDAY 9/23/19

MARINETTE, Wis. (WFRV) — The daughter of a woman found dead in Peshtigo last week has been charged.

Paula Bergold, 60, faces charges of failing to report a death of unusual circumstances, hiding a corpse, and resisting or obstructing an officer in Marinette County.

Authorities say she didn’t report the death for up to four months while living off her mom’s income.

According to charges filed Monday, Paula Bergold put the body of her 89-year-old mother, Ruby, in a small plastic tub and moved it to the basement of her Peshtigo home in eastern Wisconsin, about 50 miles north of Green Bay.

A neighbor called police because Ruby Bergold hadn’t been seen since May and Paula was “being evasive to where Ruby might be,” the complaint said.

Officers arrived at the Bergold home last week to find a note taped to a door that said, “Ruby has gone out of town to visit some friends of ours. Paula.” While standing outside, an officer noticed the smell of decay and saw packets of mothballs at the doors.

Inside, officers found a chair covered in Borax and boxes of ammonia and bleach, but no sign of Ruby.

Paula Bergold eventually acknowledged her mother was dead and that her body was in the home. Bergold told police she found her mother dead in a chair and couldn’t bring herself to call authorities, the complaint said. After the body began to smell, she put it in the container.

She allegedly told police she’d been living off her mother’s Social Security income and investments, and said her concern about money played into her decision not to report her mother’s death.

Court records don’t list an attorney to comment on Bergold’s behalf. She appeared in court Monday via a video feed from jail.

She’s charged with hiding a corpse, failing to report a death, and obstruction.

No court date has been set at this time.

The Associated Press contributed to this update

Daughter arrested in connection with Marinette Co. death investigation

FRIDAY 9/20/19 4:05 p.m.

PESHTIGO, Wis. (WFRV) — The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office says they have arrested a woman in connection with a death investigation in Peshtigo.

Officials say Ruby Bergold, 89, was found dead in a home on State Highway 64 Wednesday.

As a result of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office says they have arrested Bergold’s daughter, 60-year-old Paula Bergold of Peshtigo.

Officials say they are working with the County District Attorney’s Office in reference to formal charges of failure to report a death and hiding a corpse against Paula Bergold.

The investigation reportedly remains ongoing.

Marinette County Sheriff conducting death investigation, public not in danger

THURSDAY 9/19/19 11:36 a.m.

MARINETTE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Suave says a death investigation is underway but there is no need for the public to be alarmed.

According to Suave, an elderly woman was found dead in the Town of Peshtigo on State Highway 64.

Deputies arrived at the scene Wednesday afternoon and conducted their investigation into the evening.

Suave says an autopsy was completed Thursday morning, but expects the results of the investigation to take some time.

Deputies are not looking for a suspect, and the public is not in any danger.

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