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No new details in Petras homicide investigation


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Investigators are still putting together the evidence from Saturday's double homicide in a downtown La Crosse business.

No new information on the deaths of 56-year-old Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A.J. was released by La Crosse Police on Wednesday.

They were discovered in May's Photo at 425 Main Saturday afternoon by Paul's wife.


LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- Police continue to investigate Saturday's double homicide. Still no word if there are any suspects. Tuesday, police said there is no new information that can be released at this time.

It's been three days now since the bodies of 56-year-old Paul Petras and his son, 19-year-old A.J. were found inside May's Photo, a business Paul owned. Paul's wife found the bodies, after the two did not return home from work when the shop closed.

According to police, the two men were shot and killed Saturday, sometime between 2 PM, when May's closes, and 5:15 PM.

Police have not said if they have any suspects or how many suspects they are searching for. They did say they've had several people come forward with information. Police are also reviewing surveillance video from downtown businesses. The department is following all leads and exploring any possible motive.

"There's a lot going on in the community. Don't know if it's related at this point, again we're still looking at all the different aspects of this, but there has been an influx in heroin use," said Captain Robert Lawrence of the La Crosse Police Department. "And with that, there have been many more crimes being perpetrated, thefts and other things because of that situation where we have an influx, an epidemic if you will, of heroin. Again, don't know if it's related at this point."

If you have information about the investigation you can call police at 608-789-7200. Callers can remain anonymous.

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