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Authorities Sift Through Evidence In Phelps Death

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The apparent homicide investigation of Luann Beckman, 47, of Phelps, continues with authorities waiting for autopsy and laboratory reports on evidence collected.

According to Vilas County coroner Paul Tirpe, while there is a preliminary cause of death, no information will be released until all tissue samples have been analyzed.

“I expect the process will take at least six weeks,” Tirpe said when contacted.

Meanwhile, Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath indicated the investigation by his department is proceeding.

“While we've questioned up to 15 persons, our focus is looking at activity time lines of several,” Sheriff Fath said. Beckman's body was discovered on a walking trail behind Northwoods Village Apartments just afternoon on Tuesday, May 17.

The Wisconsin Dept. of Justice Crime Lab Field Response Unit and Wisconsin State Patrol assisted in mapping the scene.

Anyone who may have information on pertaining to the whereabouts and activities of Beckman prior to her death are encouraged to contact the Vilas County Sheriff's department at 715-479-4441.