Police have released the identity of the woman found dead in her Oconomowoc apartment Sept. 5 as Christina Schuster, 34, who was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head.

No weapon was found at the scene, according to authorities and also missing was a vehicle registered to the victim.

“We are working with the family and area law enforcement now to locate a male friend of the victim who we consider to be a person of interest in the case,” Oconomowoc Chief of Police Dave Beguhn said.

“He does not reside in the area,” he added.

The chief said the relationship between the man and Schuster was described as “an on again, off again” male friend.

The victim held three part-time jobs, the chief said, but declined to provide the names of the companies.

“Right now all of our resources are working to find this male, and the vehicle,” Beguhn said.

Authorities were called to the scene just before 10:30 p.m., when the victim’s brother, 39, returned home from work and discovered his sister’s body.

Police are not releasing details on the location of the body at this time.

According Beguhn, no one else resided in the apartment that the siblings shared, and the residence showed no sign of a struggle having taken place.

“We believe it was someone who was familiar to the victim,” Beguhn said.

The apartment is located on the west side of the city, at 1211 W. Wisconsin Avenue, in a multi-building complex.

Tennant Ronni Veselsky has lived there for seven years and said she always considered it a safe  location.

“No, I was very shocked,” to learn of the crime. “It’s scary,” she admitted.

She said there has been little talk of the incident among neighbors.

“All we see is what we’re reading,” Veselsky added.

Beguhn said he is unsure how long Schuster lived in the apartment, and that she had previously resided in the Milwaukee and the Lake County areas

Homicides in the city

Last year, police investigated the death of Stanley Van Wagner who was found dead in the basement of his Oconomowoc home. His wife, Amy, was charged with his death nine months later.

In October of 2009, police investigated a murder-for-hire scheme that tragically unfolded in the living room of a Maple Street home.

Kimberly Smith, 39, was stabbed to death by Justin Welch, 26, who was hired to commit the crime by Darren Wold, father of her then 4-year-old son.

In 2006, David Totzke, 29, was arrested after calling police to confess he killed his mother, Gloria Jean, 59, with an ax, in her Oconomowoc home.

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