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Motel body found in advanced decomposition

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

(WEAU) Tomah- The body of missing Kurt Lieburn was found in Park Motel, by manager, Sassy Truesdale. Tomah police described the body to have apparent advanced decomposition.

The body was found in room 19 during a maintenance check.

“The hotel management, the manager that lives at the motel actually found Mr. Lieburn deceased in that room,” said Investigator Robert Walensky, with the Tomah Police.

Walensky said the room had not been lived in or checked on since 2009, when Mr. Lieburn supposedly checked out.

The fact that Lieburn's body could have been in that room for two years was evident to Walensky as soon as he saw the body.

“There are certain things that happen to a human body after death. This scene was obvious he had been in the room for a period of time,”
said Walensky.

Just next door at Paul's Tire, Ryan Stanford can remember Mr. Leiburn's truck sitting in the parking lot and never moving for years. He says he thought Mr. Lieburn would come back and get it eventually.

“That’s pretty crazy. The black truck has been sitting there awhile, but it made sense to me because the guy couldn’t afford to pay his bills. I thought that he just moved away, and just left the black truck sitting there until he could afford to pay. Then he was going to get his stuff back," said Stanford.

Lieburn had been staying on and off at the Park Motel for about 10 years. So when he didn’t show up it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.

“Items located in the room included clothing, personal identification, medicine bottles, and a jacket that led officers to believe that the deceased subject was Kurt Lieburn,” said Walensky.

Motel manager Sassy Truesdale didn’t want to comment, but Investigator Walensky said that she was pretty shaken up.

“The manager had known Mr. Leiburn personally while he was staying on and off during her time working for the motel," said Walensky.

A final autopsy is still ongoing. The cause of the death is still unknown.

Tomah Police say they have no information that would lead them to believe the cause of death was anything other than natural causes.


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