The husband of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier charged with killing his autistic stepbrother in Wisconsin and freezing his body in a freezer will be extradited to Wisconsin to face charges of first degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of 27 year old Matthew Graville.
Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jeffrey Vogelsberg, 28, late Monday November 6, 2012, at the base’s main gate. Dane County Wisconsin Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Graville was tortured and abused by Vogelsberg who killed him, froze his body in a freezer and then buried it near Mazomanie last July.
Two accomplices were also arrested and charged in Dane County Wisconsin in connection with the disappearance and homicide of Matthew Graville. According to criminal complaints, Vogelsberg’s wife, a military police officer, also knew about the crime.
In September 2012, Mazomanie Wisconsin authorities learned Matthew Graville, 27, who had Aspberger’s Syndrome, hadn’t been seen by family members since June 1, 2012. On Monday November 5, 2012y, they found his body in rural Sauk County. Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney says the office learned through interviews that Vogelsberg had mentally and physically tortured Graville for several months while they lived together. Officials believe that torture ended on July 1st, when Graville was killed. His body was found frozen and buried.
Jeffrey Vogelsberg, 28, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. The sheriff said Graville lived with his half-brother in Mazomanie before Vogelsberg moved to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington with his wife, who’s in the Army. Vogelsberg is in custody in Washington.
The brothers were renting the home from Robert McCumber, 28. McCumber is in custody, for helping hide Graville’s remains. He’s the one who led authorities to the body, and told them he helped bury it.
Graville’s step mother Laura Robar is also in custody. She’s accused of conspiring to hide Graville’s body, along with identity theft for taking money out of Graville’s bank account and using his food stamp card after he died.