The invstigators were able to solve Bob Mendez’s murder case after more than three decades.
An investigation into the 1982 murder of a Northwoods man Robinson’s wife inside the credit union where she worked went unsolved for more than three decades until police finally caught him.
Robin D. Mendez of Minocqua was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Barbara Mendez 37 years ago at the $224 million Park City Credit Union building that was formerly situated on Highway 51 in Minocqua after a bench trial presided over by Marathon County Circuit Judge Jill Falstad.
Judge Falstad determined that the prosecution had met its burden of proof, citing new information about Mendez’s fabricated alibis that had come to light during a cold case probe.
Mendez has claimed that another guy killed his wife and stole money from the credit union and that he did not commit the crime. While Mrs. Mendez was closing the branch after hours, a murder took place.
The murder case
Bod Mendez was known as a 33-year-old credit union worker who was murdered by Mr. Mendez using a pry bar.
According to an autopsy report, she died from several blunt head injuries, abrasions, lacerations, and a significant skull fracture.
The branch manager discovered her body. According to police detectives, Mrs. Mendez’s deposit bag containing $2,700 was stolen, but the safe was open and held roughly $17,000, clearly visible but unopened.
Police and the 5,000 people of Minocqua, a small town tucked away in the Northwoods forest in northern Wisconsin, never forgot the murder despite the branch being shuttered and the case going unsolved for over three decades.
According to the prosecution, an Oneida County Sheriff’s Office investigative team created a thorough probable cause report after scrutinizing boxes of records, poring over the specifics of the cold case, and repeating interviews with 27 witnesses over months
Mendez has two daughters, Dawn, her eldest daughter, who was 13 years old, as per reports, and Christy, who was 11 years old, her youngest daughter.
Respectively, the girls gave their statements to the police at the time of their mother’s death in January 2018.
The daughters claimed that their father used them as pawns to fabricate an alibi for his whereabouts on the day of the murder. They claimed to have challenged their father about it as well.
According to the police inquiry, the daughters claimed their father never denied killing his
wife and committed to telling them what happened to their mother one day.
A 14-year-old girl who attended the same church was also involved in a s*xual relationship with Mr. Mendez, a former youth pastor at the local church. She confessed to giving a false alibi for Mr. when questioned by police detectives again.