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Police: La Crosse man died after taking prescription drug

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- A La Crosse man whose body was found last week in a park died after taking a presciption drug.

The body of 40-year-old Anthony Ducharme was found Thursday afternoon in Red Cloud Park.

Five people have been arrested in connection to Ducharme's death. Cain Moss, his father Robert Moss, and Christina Lorenz are all being held on possible charges of hiding a corpse.

Andrew Seekamp, who police wanted to question as a person of interest, and Patrick Valiquette both appeared in La Crosse County Court Monday afternoon.

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Prosecutors say Cain Moss and Lorenz bought a Fentanyl patch, a narcotic painkiller, from Seekamp and later gave it to Ducharme on Tuesday at Robert Moss' home at 1909 Wood Street.

Cain Moss, Lorenz and Seekamp went back later and found Ducharme dead.

Robert Moss, Cain Moss and another man allegedly took Ducharme's body to Red Cloud Park went and dumped it.

Seekamp is being held on a $250,000 bond. Valiquette is being held on a $100,000 bond. All five suspects are expected to appear in court again August 12.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Two more people have been arrested in connection to a suspicious death in La Crosse.

59-year-old Patrick Valiquette was booked into jail on Friday. He's being held on a charge of hiding a corpse.

19-year-old Andrew Seekamp, of Sparta, was also booked into jail on Friday. No charge was listed.

Authorities say their arrests are related to a man's body that was found in Red Cloud Park in La Crosse on Thursday.

A total of five people are now being held in connection to the man's death.

Authorities still have not identified the victim.

Prosecutors say some of the people involved provided the man with drugs, leading to his death.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- One day after police found a man's body in Red Cloud Park on the city's north side, three people suspected of hiding the corpse made their first court appearance today.

Prosecutors revealed some new details of the investigation into the suspicious death. They say 25-year-old Cain Moss, his father 56-year-old Robert Moss, and an unknown white male allegedly took a body from Moss's residence and dumped it on the north side of Red Cloud Park.

Cain Moss lived with his father on the 1900 block of Wood St. and neighbors say Christina Lorenz often stayed with them as well. Lorenz's own house was condemned a few weeks ago, although a neighbor said she sometimes broke in and stayed there anyway.

Prosecutors say Lorenz and Cain Moss allegedly provided a controlled substance to the victim who died shortly thereafter.

"Lorenz and Cain Moss discussed ways to get rid of the body so as not to get in trouble for the controlled substance and be linked to the death," said District Attorney's office intern Edward Minser.

Christina Lorenz's mother Mary Lorenz said this was an accident that spiraled out of control. On Tuesday night her daughter, whom she calls Tina, called her crying and asked her to come pick up her and her boyfriend Cain. They'd been doing drugs at Moss' house with a friend when he overdosed after taking a single hit. Mary Lorenz brought her daughter and Cain over to her apartment. The next day she gave Cain a ride back over to his father's house.

"Tina stayed here with me during that time. And supposedly during that time is when they moved the body. So Tina actually didn't have anything to do with that. She was here with me....She knew that's what they were doing," said Mary Lorenz.

She told her other daughter what happened, who then went to police. Mary says she doesn't know if the body would've ever been found had her daughter not come forward.

Police still haven't released the identity of the victim. The autopsy was performed today but the La Crosse County medical examiner has not yet released the results.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Three suspects arrested in connection to an apparent drug-related death appear in court as La Crosse Police continue their investigation.

The body of an unidentified man was found Thursday in Red Cloud Park after police received information as part of a criminal investigation initiated earlier in the day.

37-year-old Christina Lorenz, 56-year-old Robert Moss and 25-year-old Cain Moss all face possible charges related to hiding a corpse.

A La Crosse County judge set the following bonds for the three suspects: Lorenz-$250,000, Cain Moss-$200,000, Robert Moss-$100,000.

Prosecutors said in court Thursday the victim appears to have died of a drug overdose.

Lorenz and Cain Moss allegedly gave the victim a controlled substance and he later died. Prosecutors say Lorenz and Cain Moss allegedly conspired to hide the man's body, and that Robert Moss and another unidentified man carried the body to and left it at Red Cloud Park.

La Crosse Police said Friday they are looking for 19-year-old Andrew Seekamp as a person of interest in connection to their investigation. Anyone with information on Seekamp should call 608-785-5962.

It's not clear when the victim died, or how long his body was at Red Cloud Park. An autopsy was scheduled on the victim Friday afternoon, La Crosse County Medical Examiner John Steers told News 8.

La Crosse Police declined to be interviewed Friday, citing the on-going investigation. They say they are waiting for family to positively identify the victim before they release his name.

The suspects are scheduled to appear in court again August 12.

Watch News 8 at 5:00 and 6:00pm for the latest on this story.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- La Crosse Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found Thursday near a north side park.

Police found the body around 2:45 p.m. in the area of 700 Oak Street near the north end of Red Cloud Park.

Three persons of interest, 37-year-old Christina Lorenz, 56-year-old Robert Moss and 25-year-old Cain Moss, are being held in connection to the death.

La Crosse Police say they were acting on information as part of a criminal investigation that was initiated earlier in the day.

Police say that this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.


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