By Paul Schmitt
The man arrested on October 11 in Michigan for a murder of his wife 43 years ago has been extradited to Door County to stand trial. Richard Pierce of Cheboygan, Michigan is suspected of killing Carol Jean Pierce in September of 1975 in their Sturgeon Bay residence. Sturgeon Bay Police Captain Dan Brinkman says the department always thought Pierce was guilty of killing his wife. He says decades of work have finally paid off.
Although a body has not been found, the cold case was reviewed by the Wisconsin Cold Case Review Team of the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators. They found Pierce was the last person to see his wife alive and benefited from her death, according to the criminal complaint. Pierce will be in court on December 3rd.
(photo courtesy of Door County Jail)