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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  • by Will Location: chippewa falls on Feb 18, 2012 at 09:55 AM
    Hmmmm someone dropped the ball here. I can almost smell the body from here! You know you find what you are looking for in the last place you look. So the last place that was looked into for a missing person is the first place they should have looked. Just a case of "it is so obvious" or "I don't need to look there, it must have been checked out". classy motel if they can leave the room vacant for years! Well I guess it's closure.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    How can a hotel room go 2 years without having the door opened? I am no hotel expert, but if I owned a hotel, I would want to clean the rooms every so often even if they hadn't been used. Things like dust accumulate over time, along with that 'unlived in' smell. Have you ever been in a house that hasn't been lived in for 6 months? It has that smell...
  • by Landlooker Location: Eau Claire on Feb 18, 2012 at 02:23 AM
    I Have stayed there a few times in the last couple years, What a dive. When the other places in town are full, You have to sleep somewhere. To think that a guy was rotting a few rooms down is really disgusting. I just figured that truck was the owner's vehicle and he just parked it there. One of the many wonderful things you get to enjoy when you work in construction. When most places in town cost $75 a night, and they are $32 to $35, you just put up with it.
  • by Christy Location: Spooner on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    ummm... I work for a county Medical Examiner... I know what a body smells like after 4 days of being undiscovered... I CANNOT imagine 2 years... something is "fishy" literally!
  • by M Location: Chippewa Falls on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
    I don't get any of it... -the hotel not going into a room after a person is known to 'check out'... even if the room needed repairs, REALLY?? Are there agencies that regulate the hotel business?? -the city not noticing or ticketing an 'abandoned' vehicle... years ago I received a ticket and tow on a non-registered vehicle parked in my own driveway??? -and, the family... you would go looking for a loved one after months of disappearance, with the vehicle sitting there, at least go to the hotel management to ask for answers???? -and last, but not least, the smell of a decaying body is something that can't be over-looked!!! My prayers to this guy... and my hope this hotel gets closed down!!!!
  • by Kay Location: Menomonie on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    What kind of Motel is this that they don't check or clean there rooms! Are they behind it somehow?? Tomah police need to step it up also!!! Come on!!
  • by Hal2000 Location: Lax on Feb 17, 2012 at 09:45 AM
    Perhaps,for convenience the motel was cashing monthly checks for him and they continued to do so. Maybe checking the bank records would shed some light.
  • by Bob Location: Loyal on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:55 PM
    He was reported missing, His truck was in plain sight at his last known location, and the poilce didn't notice it or find him for over two years??? Who was in charge of missing persons cases in Tomah and why does he/she still have a job???
  • by me on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:58 PM
    how the heck does that happen??? this means no one even check or cleaned the room after he was thought to have left? gross. poor guy was there for at least 2 years?
  • by Up north Location: Wi on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:06 PM
    Yeah, good question, occasionally a mouse will die and decompose inside the walls of our house and it can be smelled in that half of the house, something is not right here......
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