UPDATE: 8/7/2018 4:31 p.m.
Investigators have ruled a deadly house fire in the Town of Clayton a murder-suicide.
On Tuesday, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the State of Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office, completed the investigation into the deaths of 27-year-old Ashley Mielke and 38-year-old Jeremy Wallenfang, whose remains were located in the burned rubble.
Investigators say Jeremy Wallenfang shot and killed Ashley Mielke, set the house on fire, and then shot himself in an apparent murder-suicide.
According to witness statements, Mr. Wallenfang had threatened to kill Ms. Mielke and burn the house to the ground in the months leading up to this tragedy.
The last known contact with Mr. Wallenfang was a voice message he left for a family member approximately two hours prior to the house fire being reported.
The family member summarized that Mr. Wallenfang said, “You’re going to be mad at me and to tell my daughter that I love her.”
UPDATE: 5/8/19 11:18 a.m.
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office has identified the human remains found inside a home after a fire in the Town of Clayton.
The first person has been identified as 27-year-old Ashley M. Mielke of Appleton. The second is 36-year-old Jeremy M. Wallenfang of Neenah, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident happened on May 1, 2018, at 3302 Breezewood Lane.
Because of the severity and intensity of the fire, the remains are significantly degraded, and the causes of death for both are still considered to be undetermined at this time, according to the sheriff’s office.
The multi-faceted investigation is currently active and ongoing.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of the deceased,” Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation announced the positive identification for both sets of human remains discovered at the scene on Tuesday.
UPDATE 5/1/2018 2:10 p.m.
According to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office,remains of a second person in the fire scene have been found.
Captain Lara Vendola-Messer of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office,
When we initially responded to the scene, it was reported that there were two people unaccounted for.
Until the Sheriff’s Office is able to positively identify the remains of those two people, the original attempt to locate and use caution for JEREMY WALLENFANG will remain active.
However, we have no current leads and are not actively pursuing his location at this time.
We anticipate it will take several days to positively identify the remains of the deceased .
5/1/2018 10:00 a.m.
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed that humans remains have been found from one person inside the reported house fire.
Police are reporting there may have also been shots fired.
The Sheriff’s Office is looking for Jeremy Wallenfang as a person of interest.
He is considered armed and on foot near that area of the incident (3300 block of Breezewood Lane).
5/1/2018 9:17 a.m.
Local 5 has learned about an active situation developing in the 3300 block of Breezewood Lane near Neenah.
Multiple law enforcement officers are in the area and there are reports of a possible shooting incident along with a fire.
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office is keeping traffic away from the scene.
ORIGINAL STORY 5/1/2018 9:07 a.m.
A report coming from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office:
On 5/1/18 at 6:52 am deputies from the the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and multiple area fire and first responder agencies responded to reports of a house fire at 3302 Breezewood Lane in the Town of Clayton.
Upon arriving to a very chaotic scene, Deputies attempted to enter the residence upon learning there were two potential victims inside.
Efforts to enter the residence by Deputies were unsuccessful due to the intensity of the smoke and flames.
At this time the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the origins of the fire along with the State of Wisconsin Fire Marshal’s Office.
Jeremy M. Wallenfang age 35 is believed to reside at this address but he is unaccounted for and the Sheriff’s Office wishes to check on his welfare.
At this time, this remains a very active and ongoing scene and fire suppression is still occurring.
Local 5 has a crew on the way and we will provide updates as soon as new information becomes available.