Homicide charges issued in Marinette County

Jan 23 2015
Homicide charges issued in Marinette County

 

MADISON — On January 21, 2015 the Department of Justice and the Marinette County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint in Marinette County charging Erik M. Smith with four felony counts.  Smith is charged with First Degree Reckless Homicide, Homicide by the Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Hiding a Corpse and Hit and Run Resulting in Death. 

 

The charges relate to the disappearance and later discovery of Eric Volp from October 2008.  Volp was last seen at a bar in iron Mountain, Michigan and his body was recovered from a stream located in Marinette County in July 2009.  The complaint alleges that Smith argued with the victim and when the victim got out of Smith’s car, Smith struck Volp and ran him over.  He then placed Volp in the trunk of the car and put him in the stream located in Marinette County.

 

The case began as a missing person report when Volp was reported missing by his aunt in October 2008.  Police in both Iron Mountain and Marinette County investigated this case following numerous leads.  Smith was last seen with the victim as they both left the bar and the complaint alleges that the defendant made a statement admitting his involvement in Volp’s death.

 

The case was investigated by the Iron Mountain Police Department, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  Victim services are being provided by the Marinette County District Attorney’s office victim witness coordinator.  The case is being prosecuted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Marinette County District Attorney’s Office.  The Department of Justice is represented by Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour and the Marinette County District Attorney’s Office is represented by Kent Hoffmann.

 

While Smith has been charged with a crime, he is presumed innocent and the state must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  An initial appearance will be scheduled in Marinette County.