Columbia County Sheriff Reopens 1988 Poynette Cold Case

9/14/17 – The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information in a nearly three decades-old cold case. Loreli “Lori” Bringe was found dead in August of 1988 in a wooded area located just behind her rural Poynette home on Butternut Road in the Town of Arlington.  Sheriff Dennis Richards says the initial investigation revealed that Bringe died after suffering a fatal gunshot wound. A person of interest was identified early on and investigators recently revived the talks with that individual. The investigation continued for several years but eventually went “cold” in the early 1990’s. The sheriff’s office reopened the case in 2014 as a homicide investigation, exploring the original investigation and utilizing new and updated investigative techniques.   Authorities are interested in speaking with anyone who may have known Bringe prior to her death or anyone who knew her husband, Mark Bringe, before or after Lori’s death in 1988. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in the investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations, Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office, Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the UW Hospital Pathology Department. Contact Detective Sergeant AJ Agnew at 608-742-4166 Ext. 3318 or email him at [email protected]