State and local law enforcement spent much of Tuesday, Nov. 19, searching the B Bar 10 in Amherst.
Waupaca County issued the search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation, according to the state attorney general’s office.
The owner of the business, Laine Shields, told WSAW TV he believes a former employee told investigators that Shields was responsible for the murder of Tanna Togstad, 23, and Timothy Mumbrue, 35.
The bodies of Mumbru and Togstad were found brutally stabbed in rural Weyauwega in March 1992.
The former employee, Shields said, was Glendon Gouker, who was extradited to Waupaca County from Oklahoma earlier this year to face charges for a violent rape in Iola in November 1990.
Shields said he believes Gouker accused him of involvement in the murders as part of a plea deal.
At the time of his extradition in February, authorities said Gouker was “a person of interest” in the 1992 double homicide. Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel said investigators would be questioning Gouker about the homicides while he was in custody for the rape charge.
Gouker lived in Waupaca County at the time of the murders. He moved to Oklahoma in September 1993.
In August, Waupaca County Circuit Court Judge John Hoffmann sentenced Gouker to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of the rape in Iola.
During the initial investigation of the rape, the victim told investigators the man held either a stick or a knife against her back and said, “I’m not afraid to use this, not one bit. I don’t care if you’re warm or dead, honey. I’m just doing my job; I got paid to do this.”
Gouker is currently serving four life sentences, plus 70 years, in Oklahoma where he was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree rape, kidnapping, four counts of sodomy, possession of a firearm while committing a felony and unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.
The state Division of Criminal Investigation and the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department, both of which participated in the search of the B Bar 10 in Amherst, will not comment on an ongoing investigation.