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Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk addresses the media during news conference, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Authorities in Wisconsin say Ritchie German Jr., a man suspected of killing four people may on Sunday, may have been imitating the abduction last year of teenager Jayme Closs. German killed three of his family members and later killed a 24-year-old woman at another home before killing himself, police said. (Dan Reiland/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)

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A Wisconsin man killed three of his family members before blasting his way into the home of a stranger he had been sending harassing texts to and killing her, authorities said Tuesday, speculating that he may have been trying to imitate last year's home invasion and abduction of teenager Jayme Closs.

By GRETCHEN EHLKE and JEFF BAENEN Associated Press July 30, 2019
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