Published January 4, 2018
Wayne Valliere, Jr. Photo from Facebook
LAC DU FLAMBAEU INDIAN RESERVATION — Circumstances in the death of Wayne Valliere, Jr., 25, remained a mystery on Thursday, the day that five people were arrested in connection to his death, according to a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
What is known is Valliere went missing on December 22, 2017, but was not reported missing until a week later on December 29, 2017. His body was discovered on January 1, 2018 in Iron County, the adjoining county to where he lived.
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe President Joseph Wildcat, Sr. released the following statment on behalf of the tribe:
“We are heartbroken at the loss of one of our tribal members. Our entire community mourns with the family of Wayne Valliere, Jr. 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.”
The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, along with the Forest, Iron and Vilas County sheriff’s departments, and the Lac du Flambeau Police Department have been working together on this case.
The names of the five arrested were not released by law enforcement as of Thursday evening.