Published May 24, 2018
LAC DU FLAMBEAU INDIAN RESERVATION – Tribal Police yesterday afternoon confirmed Antonio Monserrate Roche is the man found deceased last week in Pokegama Lake. Once the Coroner’s office determines the official cause of death, the Tribal Police Department will issue an update.
“It appears no suspicious circumstances exist at this time but we will wait for the final determination by the Coroner before we announce cause of death,” LDF Tribal Police Chief Bob Brandenburg says. “We are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, which are conducted as part of every autopsy.”
President Wildcat Offers Condolences
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of this young man,” Tribal President Joseph Wildcat, Sr. says.
“For those who know our Tribe, we are bound together by a common culture that places extraordinary value on community. Losing this young man tears at the tightly woven fabric of our community. We mourn with the family and loved ones who survive him,” Wildcat continued.
“Our people are strong and we will support one another in this time of mourning,” Wildcat adds. “Eventually we will heal. And with that healing will be a scar. A permanent representation and reminder of a life cut short.”
“This is an extremely trying time for the family. We ask, out of respect for them and their loved ones, that they receive the space and time they need to grieve,” he continued.
Tribe Thanks Responders
“Our Tribe is grateful for the vast number of people, agencies and resources who worked together to locate this young man,” Wildcat says.
We again wish to thank the Tribal Members and Community volunteers for their assistance. In addition, we would like to thank the assisting agencies for their time and efforts: LDF Tribal Police Department, Vilas County Sherriff’s Department, LDF Tribal Emergency Management, Vilas County Emergency Management, Oneida County Dive Team, Wisconsin State Patrol – Aircraft Crew, Wisconsin DNR Wardens, LDF Tribal Conservation Wardens, GLIFWC Wardens, LDF Tribal Natural Resources and Fish Hatchery Staff, LDF Tribal Employees, Vilas County Public Relations, Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, LDF Fire Department and the LDF Town Road Crew.