UPDATE: Children died of homicide, man died of self-inflicted wound

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FRIDAY 5/3/2019

The Wisconsin DOJ has released more information regarding the death of one adult and two children in Seymour. 

The investigation found that the children died by homicide and the man died of a self-inflicted wound.

Law enforcement believes the mother of the children is not a suspect in the investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time.


TUESDAY 4/30/2019  

On Friday, April 19th a search warrant was executed at a home in Seymour regarding a reported 2nd Degree Sexual Assault when three bodies were discovered.

According to the search warrant, the investigation began when a Seymour police officer was dispatched to 603 N. Main Street for a domestic violence call on Thursday, April 18th.

The police officer took a statement from an unidentified woman, referred to in the warrant as the victim of the domestic violence call.

The woman said her partner, 35-year-old Andrew Poppe, became angry before taking her phone away as they were both lying in bed.

Poppe allegedly said he hated the victim and that she made “a pretty stupid move.”

The victim states that Poppe grabbed her by the throat and pushed her face into the bed.

The victim alleges that Poppe said he was “in control and could have sex when he wanted it.”

According to the warrant, Poppe started to choke the victim and said “do you want me to choke you to death? People die this way all the time. I’ll just tell the cops that you wanted me to choke you during sex.”

The victim alleges that Poppe then had sex with her.

After the alleged abuse, the victim told the officer that Poppe said if she told police he would kill her and her children. 

According to the warrant, Poppe had a history of domestic violence with an arrest in June of 2015 for battery/domestic violence in Outagamie County.

The warrant continues on to say at approximately 6:59 a.m. on Friday, April 19th police attempted to make contact with Poppe by phone but were not successful.

Forced entry was made at 8:06 a.m. by a SWAT team.

The warrant says three bodies, two small children and Poppe, were found in an upstairs room with wounds consistent with that of a stabbing.

The State Department of Criminal Investigation is continuing to investigate the case.

Local 5 will continue to follow this story as it develops.

TUESDAY 4/23/2019 1:00 pm

SEYMOUR, Wis. (WFRV) — Seymour Police have released the names of the three people found dead in Seymour Thursday.

Police have identified 3-month-old Hailey Poppe and 4-year-old Matteline Samson as the two girls previously reported on. 

Officers have also identified 35-year-old Andrew Poppe as the man that was found dead. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is leading the investigation. 

SUNDAY 4/21/2019 10:50 am

The Seymour Police Department says there is no person of interest in the case at this time. They say the mother of the children is safe.

Police say more details will be made available when the Department of Criminal Investigations has completed their investigation.

FRIDAY 4/19/2019 8:15 pm

The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigations has taken over the investigation of the three deaths, and will release more details when they are available.

At this time, all that is known is that police were alerted Thursday at approximately 11:20 pm to a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, officers were unable to make contact with anyone inside the home. The Outagamie County Emergency Response Team was able to get into the home at 8 am, and found a 35-year-old man, 3-year-old girl, and 3-month-old girl all dead.

The incident has been the talk of the small town all day, several neighbors telling Local 5 they have never had anything like this happen here in the years or decades that they’ve lived here.

“There’s been a lot of confusion and questions about what’s going on, and folks are hurting once they find out the news that a tragedy happened in our small community,” said Pastor Natalie Kramer, who lives down the street from where the bodies were found. “It’s a community that really sticks together and knows one another and cares deeply, so it’s very sad.”

Toys, stuffed animals, and flowers were left at the base of a tree down the street in memory of the two young girls.

North Main Street opened back up, as of approximately 6 p.m.

FRIDAY 4/19/2019 10:20 am

The Seymour Police Department reports a 35-year old man and two children, ages 3-years and 3-months have been found dead inside a home located on North Main Street Friday morning. This follows a morning incident where police were called to the area.

This is a developing situation and officers tell Local 5 News the area of North Main Street remains closed as investigators gather more information.


FRIDAY 4/19/19 7:46 a.m.

SEYMOUR, Wis. (WFRV) The Seymour Police Department is asking the public to avoid the area of North Main Street between Pearl Street and Bronson Road due to an active law enforcement incident.

No other details have been provided at this time. Stay with Local 5 for more on this developing story. 

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