Austin James Herbst and Connie Lou Herbst

Austin James Herbst and Connie Lou Herbst

Photo courtesy of the Scott County Sheriff's Department

Two arrests have been made in Scott County on suspicion of second-degree murder on Nov. 19 in connection to the unidentified bones case from 2017 in Barron County, WI, according to a press release by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen said the arrests were made regarding the death of 63-year-old Gary Albert Herbst of Elko New Market who was reported as a missing person to the Elko New Market Police Department in 2014. His remains were later found in Maple Grove Township south of Barron in late 2017 and identified in June of 2020 with the help of the DNA Doe project.

According to the release, Scott County Sheriff Detectives, along with representatives from the Barron County Sheriff’s Office, the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Division and Criminal Investigation, and officers from the New Prague Police Department arrested, without incident, Connie Lou Herbst (62) and Austin James Herbst (26), both of New Prague.  The two were booked into the Scott County Jail on suspicion of 2nd Degree Murder.

 “These arrests in this cold case were the result of tremendous multi-agency teamwork, spanning across state lines,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen. “I anticipate that people will have questions about this incident and many of these questions are likely addressed in the County Attorney’s charging documents.”

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Barron County Sheriff’s Office, State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Division and Criminal Investigation, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, New Prague Police Department, and the Elko New Market Police Department.

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