First homicide investigation in Shorewood in 20 years

First homicide investigation in Shorewood in 20 years

By Jaclyn Brandt, Lacey Crisp, Shannon Sims and Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jul 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 17, 2013

SHOREWOOD - Shorewood Police are conducting that village's first homicide investigation in 20 years after they discovered a dead man in his apartment.

Clarence Charles, 57, was found in the apartment near the corner of North Oakland and East Kensington Avenues.

"He will always be with us," Marilyn Charles said to TODAY'S TMJ4's Shannon Sims about her brother.

"We became best friends.  We have our ups and downs, but this was a shocker to us."

When she hadn't heard from her baby brother in two days and found he didn't show up for work on Monday, she called police.

"I knew when they put the tape up, I knew something was not right," said Marilyn.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Lacey Crisp says the State Department of Justice Mobile Crime Lab and Department of Criminal Investigations took part in the investigation.

Police say that at about 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, they checked an apartment on a report of a missing man.

They found the dead man inside.

"I knew it was something different, something out of the ordinary," said neighbor Annie Lincoln.

Police hauled out several evidence bags from the apartment building.

The property manager says no violence happened on the property, but police would not say how the man died.

The last murder investigation in Shorewood (1993) happened in the same building.

Charles worked for Roundy's, and a corporate vice president sent TODAY'S TMJ4 this statement:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our employee, Clarence Charles. Above all else, our thoughts and condolences are with his family during this difficult time. During this grieving process, we are doing everything we can to assist our employees who have been affected in any way, by providing counseling and support.

Marilyn gave choice words for whoever was responsible for taking her brother's life.

"Whoever that person is roaming the streets today, I feel sorry for you.  I really do, because you have not had a chance to know what love really, really is.  If you had, you would not have done it."