Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Charges Filed Against Kristopher Torgerson in the Murder of Stephanie Low

Sep 30 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Charges Filed Against Kristopher Torgerson in the Murder of Stephanie Low

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that on September 30, 2014, the Department of Justice filed a criminal complaint in Marathon County, charging Kristopher P. Torgerson with three felony counts.  A copy of the summons and criminal complaint is available here.  The counts include First Degree Intentional Homicide, Attempted Armed Robbery as a Repeater, and Hiding a Corpse as a Repeater.  These charges relate to the disappearance of Stephanie Low on October 10, 2010, from her apartment located in the City of Wausau.  Her body was recently discovered in a shallow grave in Forest County.  


The criminal complaint alleges that Torgerson attempted to rob Stephanie Low and killed her.  He further enlisted the aid of another person to remove her body from the apartment to the location of her burial.


This case began as a missing persons case when Ms. Low was reported missing by her mother on October 10, 2010.  Police began to investigate this case as suspicious when blood was found in Low's apartment and the odor of bleach on the bed was noted. Torgerson subsequently took authorities to the location where Stephanie Low was buried.  A positive identification was obtained.


This case was investigated by the Wausau Police Department.  Victim services are being provided by the Marathon County District Attorney’s victim witness office.  The Department of Justice is serving as a special prosecutor.  Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour is handling the case.


While Torgerson has been charged with a crime, he is presumed innocent and the state must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  An initial appearance is scheduled for October 15, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Marathon County before Judge Jill Falstad.