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Investigation continues into letter threat

The investigation into the threatening letter sent to Hudson's city administrator in June is still in the hands of investigators with the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation.

The case was turned over to the DCI since the letter also included a threat to members of the Hudson Police Department as well as the Hudson School Board.

According to Sgt. Marty Jensen of the HPD, the state crime lab was sent the original letter and envelope for evidence analysis shortly after it was turned over to his department on June 24. Investigators are looking for fingerprints on the letter and envelope along with any DNA. They are also analyzing the handwriting on the envelope, which appeared to have been deliberately altered.

HPD Chief Dick Trende said the state crime lab has a considerable backlog and that other crime investigations may be taking priority.

The letter was sent to Devin Willi's office at City Hall. In it the writer threatened Willi's job and family if he didn't take steps to "fire the police chief and the officers who are harassing us..."

The typed letter arrived in a handwritten envelope. It also included threats to Willi's wife and children and members of the school board.

Anyone with information about the letter can contact the Hudson Police Department at (715) 386-4771 for referral to the DCI.

Meg Heaton can be reached at

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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