Daughters of 1982 slaying victim grateful for arrest

The daughters of a woman killed in Minocqua 36 years ago say they are grateful to investigators for working to finally make an arrest in the case — the arrest of their father.

Christy Mendez says she and her sister, Dawn, deeply love and miss their mom, Barbara Mendez. The girls were 11 and 13 when their mother was bludgeoned to death at the Park City Credit Union in April 1982. The daughters were in the courtroom Tuesday when bond for Robin Mendez was set at $250,000. He was ordered not to contact his family members.

The 69-year-old Mendez is charged with first-degree murder. Dawn Mendez says she sees the arrest as a “bridge to a new beginning.”

Oneida County Sheriff’s Capt. Terri Hook says Mendez had been under suspicion for years.