NEWS RELEASE-On Saturday, June 16, 2012, the Eau Claire Police Department conducted a traffic survey/canvass on Vine Street related to the death of Paul Oberle. This is a common practice that is used in most homicide and major case investigations.
Over the past week, the Eau Claire Police Department has conducted hundreds of interviews with individuals including with residents in the surrounding neighborhood. This is done in effort to gather as much information as possible regarding the circumstances of this case. Likewise, a traffic survey accomplishes a similar goal.
People often follow a similar routine day-to-day or week-to-week. The traffic survey is set up during the same timeframe and day of the week as the crime was committed, just one week later. This is to gather additional information from those people who may not live in the neighborhood, however travel through the area at the same time each week. This voluntary process yielded information which detectives are continuing to investigate.
The Eau Claire Police Department is conducting this investigation in a precise manner that allows for the most information and evidence to be compiled for the ultimate purpose of prosecution of the person responsible and closure for Paul Oberle’s family. Unfortunately in doing this, certain information cannot be released to the public at this time. As previously released, this was an isolated and targeted incident. An individual remains legally detained and there continues to be no threat to the community.
The Eau Claire Police Department will release additional information as appropriate.