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Franklin man found guilty in killing two employees, burning their bodies in East Troy

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Posted at 2:29 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 15:29:39-05

MILWAUKEE — Matthew Neumann has been found guilty of killing two of his employees and attempting to hiding their bodies by burning them in pit on his East Troy hunting land in January.

The 44-year-old has been convicted of two counts of first degree reckless homicide and two counts of hiding a corpse. He's due for sentencing on January 31, 2020 where he could face over 140 years in prison.

The names of the two victims have not been released as investigators are still trying to identify the bodies, although two men who worked for Neumann at Spot Free Cleaning have been reported missing and have not been seen or heard from since the first few days of January 2019.

An investigation into the Franklin businessman began after Neumann's wife told police she saw a victim's body in his pickup truck on Jan. 2. When she asked Neumann about the

The criminal complaint said the witness "observed a white male, 35-40 years old, in the passenger seat, slumped down ... and observed no signs of life from the male."

That pickup truck was later that day found torched near 8th and Becher in Milwaukee. Police were still able to identify bullet fragments and blood inside.

Upon questioning from investigators, Neumann said one of his employees had been using the truck, the criminal complaint alleges.

A different witness tipped Franklin Police off to a property in East Troy that Neumann previously leased for hunting, according to the complaint. On that property, investigators eventually found a Spot Free Cleaning trailer and human remains in a large burn pit.

Neumann was charged January 15th.