Thursday, May 9, 2019

Husband of Missing Pittsfield Woman Victoria Prokopovitz Arrested for 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Held on $2 Million Cash Bond

Husband of Missing Pittsfield Woman Arrested

Brown County, WI - James Prokopovitz, 73, was booked into the Brown County Jail yesterday, 5/8/19, on charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Perjury Before the Court, and Obstructing Police, according to Brown County booking records. 

Brown County Sheriff's Department Press Release:

On Friday, April 26, 2013, at 1:11 pm, James Prokopovitz Sr. reported that his wife, Victoria L Prokopovitz was missing and had been last seen at their residence of 5118 Kunesh Rd. in the Town of Pittsfield. The Brown County Sheriff's Office & the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation have been working this case for the past six years. Over 100 people were interviewed and extensive searches were conducted. 
On May 8, 2019, James M. Prokopovitz Sr. was arrested for the first degree intentional homicide of his wife Victoria Prokopovitz and perjury. Mr. Prokopovitz's girlfriend, Kathryn M. Friday, of Curtiss, WI was also arrested for obstruction and perjury in this investigation.
The case has been referred to the Brown County DA's Office. James Prokopovitz Sr. and Kathryn Friday are expected to make their initial appearance in Brown County court this afternoon.
No further information will be released until after the court appearances. There will be no interviews or additional information released by law enforcement until a date & time that is to be determined. 

James' wife, Victoria "Vicki" Prokopovitz, went missing on April 25, 2013, just over 6 years ago. 

According to a May 6, 2015 WBAY exclusive, in the last week of April 2015, the Brown County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the Pittsfield home the couple shared together. For the Sheriff's Department to receive permission to search the property on Kunesh Rd, investigators had to lay out the reasons for requesting the search. On the last page of the request, investigators stated, "...there is reasonable inference that Victoria Prokopovitz is a victim of foul play such as homicide and/or kidnapping."

There were 38 separate items seized from the home, including 7 computers, 12 hard drives, Vicki's cell phone & purse, and blood swabs from floors in the bedroom, kitchen, hallway, and from a pillow.

James told investigators at the time that the last words he heard from her was that she was going to have some coffee and go to bed. The next morning when he woke up for work, she was gone. He reported her missing upon returning home from work later that afternoon. At the time of her disappearance, her personal items - cell phone, purse, and cigarettes, were all still at the home.

This is a developing story...

Update - Propokovitz Sr. is being held on a $2 million cash bond on the charges related to the death of missing wife, Victoria Propokovitz. Propokovitz & his girlfriend, Kathyn Friday made their first appearance in Brown County Court this afternoon.

Kathyrn Friday is being held on a $25,000 cash bond on charges of Perjury and Obstruction. 

Mr. Propokovitz told investigators that him and Friday started seeing each other approximately a month after Victoria's disappearance. He said that him and Kathy "talk about this all of the time".  Prosecutors held a John Doe hearing on Wednesday with James & Kathryn where both had reportedly admitted to lying about the disappearance of Victoria.

Victoria "Vicki" Prokopovitz 

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