Charges: Man killed girlfriend, staged as suicide

September 13, 2014

PORTAGE - A Rio man is accused of killing his girlfriend and making her death look like a suicide.

Forty-six-year-old Patrick Kraemer was arrested Thursday in the death of 43-year-old Traci Rataczak, who was found dead in the basement of her Wyocena home on April 8, 2013.

Investigators say Kraemer reported Rataczak had committed suicide, but an investigation showed the hanging appeared to be staged and that she was placed there after her death. Because Rataczak was using a heart monitor for an upcoming medical procedure, investigators determined she died two days earlier.

Authorities say Kraemer never reported Rataczak missing and he remained in their shared house until a friend discovered her body.

A news outlet reports Kraemer is expected in court next week. Online court records do not list a defense attorney.

Associated Press