A 27-year-old man is being held in the Iron County jail on a $1 million cash bond in connection with the death of a Lac du Flambeau man reported missing in late December.
According to Iron County court records, a bond hearing was held last Friday for Richard F.A. Allen, 27, of Lac du Flambeau in connection with the death of Wayne M. Valliere Jr.
Iron County judge Patrick Madden set bond at $1 million cash after reviewing a probable cause statement indicating the state suspects Allen is guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with Valliere Jr.'s death, the records state.
Valliere, who was last seen on Dec. 22, was the subject of a missing persons investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and numerous other law enforcement agencies.
His body was found Jan. 1 in rural Iron County.
On Jan. 4, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing five individuals had been arrested in connection with Valliere' Jr.'s death. The release also said Iron County district attorney Matt Tingstad would be handling the prosecution of the suspects, with the assistance of an assistant attorney general from the DOJ Criminal Litigation Unit.
The probable cause statement does not include details of the state's theory of the case and states only that interviews led investigators to believe Allen caused Valliere Jr.'s death.
"Through witnesses and co-conspirators interviews, investigators were able to verify information that was provided through interviews that Richard Allen caused the death of Wayne M. Valliere Jr," the probable cause statement reads.
No information regarding the other four suspects was released as of press time.
Jamie Taylor may be reached via email at jamie@rivernewsonline.