Authorities name victim in GB death in which Iron County man is suspect

By CALEB ANDERSON, Iron Mountain Daily Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Police have released the name of the victim of a homicide discovered Aug. 2 on Packerland Drive but gave no information on a possible motive for the killing in which an Iron County man is suspected.

The body of Patrick L. Ernst, 65, was found about 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2 after Green Bay Police were called to an apartment at 1320 Packerland Dr. for a welfare check. The suspect in the killing is Caleb Anderson, 23, who was arrested Aug. 3 in Alabama, where he’s accused in the murder of 52-year-old Dwight Dixon of Flomaton, Alabama.

Anderson is also suspected of assaulting an 18-year-old woman who was jogging in Gaastra in Iron County early on Aug. 1. She fought off the attacker, who was unknown to her, and escaped.

Anderson is in the Escambia County Jail in Alabama without bond on charges of murder and first-degree burglary.

Green Bay Police on Aug. 2 said Anderson was believed to be driving Ernst’s Ford Fiesta. After Anderson was arrested by U.S. marshals in Helena, Alabama, Ernst’s vehicle was recovered.

The Tri-City Ledger in Flomaton has reported that Dixon was stabbed to death inside his residence. Anderson was initially housed in the Shelby County Jail in Alabama and later transferred to Escambia County, some 200 miles to the south.

Anderson is expected to go before a grand jury in Alabama, which doesn’t meet until Oct. 24-28, according to WBAY-TV in Green Bay.


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