Wisconsin man arrested in connection to missing men, burned bodiespolice say

Police said they have arrested a Wisconsin man in connection with the disappearance of two people whose burned remains were found in a rural area.
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Police said they have arrested a Wisconsin man in connection with the disappearance of two people whose burned remains were found in a rural area.

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Police said they have arrested a Wisconsin man in connection with the disappearance of two people whose burned remains were found in a rural area.

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Matthew Neumann, 43, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse.

Thursday, police found the remains of two men in a burn pit in rural Walworth County, Franklin police Chief Rick Oliva told WISN-TV. The men were both in their 40s and had worked for Neumann at his business, Spot Free Cleaning.

Milwaukee police had been investigating a car fire earlier this month and found evidence that a dead body had been in the car, Oliva said. Milwaukee PD’s investigation led them to the property with the burn pit.

A trailer for Spot Free Cleaning was found on the property.

According to a criminal complaint, Neumann's wife told police that the morning of Jan. 2, she went to Neumann's black Ford F-150 and found a man slumped over in the passenger's seat, bleeding and showing no signs of life, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Neumann's daughter told police that later that morning she overheard him telling his wife he shot a man "over a pack of squares," a reference to a pack of cigarettes.

The complaint said Neumann was assisted in buying burning materials from the roommate of one of the victims, the Journal Sentinel reported.

A Facebook account appearing to belong to Neumann shows a public image of a Nazi SS symbol, described by the Anti-Defamation League as a symbol of white supremacy, WISN-TV reported.