Court records identify former Hortonville bank president
By John Faucher
James K. Olson, former president of Wolf River Community Bank in Hortonville, has emerged as a person of interest in the unsolved 2006 murder investigation of Connie Boelter.
Boelter worked as a loan processor for Wolf River Community Bank in Hortonville. She was found dead at her Appleton home on Nov. 15, 2006, after bank employees reported she had not shown up for work.
On Monday, the Appleton Police Department held a press conference following a report published Sunday, May 1, by USA Today Network-Wisconsin regarding the ongoing homicide investigation.
The news organization obtained 552 pages of court documents related to the investigation, which had been sealed by court order until April.
Assistant Police Chief Todd Olm confirmed the report was accurate and was based on information filed with the Outagamie County Clerk of Court’s Office.
“We also want to make it very clear this is only a portion of the evidence we have gathered,” said Olm in a prepared statement Monday. “There are other parts to the investigation we will not be able to release at this time. It is our priority to protect the integrity of the investigation and future prosecution.”
There have been no arrests or charges filed. However, Olm confirmed they have identified a person of interest during the course of their investigation.
“Teams of investigators and specialists, both locally and nationally, have been working on this case for over nine years. We will continue to put all the resources we need into gathering the evidence needed to hold Connie’s murderer accountable,” said Olm.
The Appleton Police Department has actively investigated the case since Nov. 15, 2006.
During the course of the investigation, police questioned Olson several times and began to focus on him as a person of interest in 2012.
Olson is a founder of the bank and retired as bank president in 2014. He was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors in March of this year, but went on administrative leave from the board Sunday, following the report published by USA Today Network-Wisconsin.
A bank official said the leave was mutually agreed upon.
Police are asking anyone with information related to this investigation to call the Appleton Police Department at 920-832-5500.