Police: Brossard didn't call for years after wife vanished

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Janine Anderson/Racine Journal-Times
Thursday, August 20, 2009
— In the weeks following his wife's disappearance, the man now charged with killing her talked repeatedly to police, but for the six years after that, he never called them, according to an investigator's testimony Wednesday.

David Brossard, 40, of Burlington, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly killing his wife, Dawn Brossard, who disappeared in October 1997. Her body was found in July 2003, by scuba divers in Geneva Lake. David Brossard was charged with the crime in 2008.

Members of the Racine County Sheriff's Department spoke to David Brossard the day a co-worker reported Dawn Brossard was missing. David Brossard repeatedly spoke to deputies and investigators over the next several days, according to testimony.

When questioned by the defense attorney Wednesday, retired Racine County sheriff's deputy James Bertermann said David Brossard cooperated with him as he started the investigation into Dawn Brossard's disappearance.

"Were there any questions you asked that he didn't answer?" asked attorney Charles Blumenfield.

"He answered everything I asked of him," Bertermann said.

As the investigation progressed, members of the Racine County Sheriff's Department spoke to other witnesses, investigator Michael Prochniak testified. They performed canine searches and water searches and put up posters soliciting information about Dawn Brossard, he said.

"Nothing came of it?" asked Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss.

"Yes," Prochniak said.

The Wisconsin State Crime Lab performed a test on David Brossard's truck, looking for traces of human blood. All that was found was evidence mosquitoes had been squashed against the windows. The lab did not test David Brossard's boat, Prochniak said.

After the initial phase of the investigation was over, Prochniak had difficulty getting in touch with David Brossard, he said.

Between late 1997 and summer 2003, when Dawn Brossard's body was found, the investigator said David Brossard did not contact him at all.

"Between (November 1997 and July 2003) did David Brossard ever contact you?" Koss asked.

"No," Prochniak replied.

"Did he ever call and say, 'Did you find the guy that took Dawn?'"


"Was there a complaint to your supervisors that you weren't doing nothing?"


"Did any other member of your department come and say David Brossard called and wanted you to call and tell him what's going on?"


The trial resumes today. It is expected to last at least two weeks.

Editor's note: The Kenosha News, Racine Journal-Times and Janesville Gazette are teaming up in a cooperative effort to cover the trial of David Brossard in Elkhorn. Each day, each newspaper will carry shared coverage of the trial, and information also will be available at the papers' Web sites.

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