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Homicide charges pending in death of La Crosse woman

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Police said that a man already in jail for other crimes is awaiting First Degree Intentional Homicide charges in the June death of a La Crosse woman. 

Police said that Erik J. Sackett, 38, of La Crosse, is in the La Crosse County Jail, where he's been held since June 12 on an unrelated parole warrant. 

He faces a court appearance Thursday on the homicide charge in the death of Erin Somvilai, also known as Erin Bushek.

She was reported missing to La Crosse Police on June 4. Two weeks later, on June 17, a fisherman found her body in Runge Hollow Lake in Vernon County. 

The investigation showed that her body was weighted down with concrete blocks in an attempt to hide her body. 

Captain Shawn Kudron of the La Crosse Police Department said as their investigation proceeded, their efforts led them to focus on a boyfriend of Erin's, Erik Sackett. 

Kudron said said that during their interviews with him, he provided statements that were "inaccurate and not truthful."

Based on their information, along with cell phone information, Kudron tells WXOW that they believe he is responsible for Somvilai's homicide.

We will update this story as new information becomes available. 

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