Police crack cold case murder of CU employee

Justice may finally come for the daughters of a woman who was brutally murdered while she was working alone at a Wisconsin credit union branch 36 years ago.

Robin Mendez, 69, of Minocqua was arrested last week for allegedly murdering his wife, Barbara Mendez on April 28, 1982 at the Park City Credit Unionbuilding that had previously been located on Highway 51 in Minocqua.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Oneida County Circuit Court in Rhinelander on Feb. 6, Mendez was charged with first-degree murder and could receive a life in prison sentence if he is convicted. During a local court hearing, he did not enter a plea. His bail was set at $250,000.

Although the branch has been closed and the murder case went cold for more than three decades, it was never forgotten by police and the 5,000 residents of Minocqua, a small town nestled in the Northwoods forest in upper Wisconsin.

 

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