Police identify woman murdered on east side

Woman found dead in home near Brady Street
Posted at 6:16 AM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 23:16:13-04

UPDATE (2:52 p.m.): The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Kayla A. Bauske.

The 22-year-old male suspect arrested for the homicide remains in custody.


Two people are in custody after a woman was found murdered on Milwaukee's east side, Monday evening.

Police were called to a home in the 1800 block of N. Arlington Place at around 10:22 p.m. and discovered the body of a woman in her early 20s.

Lt. Joseph McLin said someone called MPD and requested a welfare check at a residence there.

"We had reason to believe something may have occurred, that someone may have been injured at this location," McLin said.

McLin says officers arrived at the residence in question and spoke to an occupant inside. He said that person let officers in and the body was discovered shortly afterward.

McLin said the person who spoke to officers was taken into custody for different charges, but did not specify if that person led police to the woman's body.

"There was also another occupant that was located later, about 1:30 a.m.and he's currently in custody as well," McLin said.

Charges are pending against both men, who are described as in their early 20s.

Police are still hoping to speak with at least one more person of interest in the case, which McLin called a murder investigation.

McLin said police do not believe the female victim lived at the home. He did not elaborate on how she was killed, just that it appeared to not be a shooting death.

"We're still determining the relationship between the occupants and the individual found," McLin said.

Police remained on scene past 9 a.m. on Tuesday. He said they had to go though the process of obtaining a warrant to search the residence.

Neighbors in the area said they were frightened to see the crime scene.

"This has been happening way too often in Milwaukee lately," said David Bustamante. "I've noticed there's been an uptick in other crimes here in our neighborhood too."

Bustamante cited graffiti and carjackings as growing problems on the East Side.

He said he and neighbors in the Brady Street area are hoping to organize some type of neighborhood watch group.

"It's definitely a scary thing to happen right next door to you," said Peter Tishler, who also lives in the area. "We've lived here two years now, and I know there was another murder on our block recently too."

Shawn Ostrom, 32, was stabbed and killed outside a bar near Arlington and Pulaski in August.

"I've generally felt pretty safe around here until the last few months," said neighbor Michaela Vite.

The medical examiner said an autopsy on the female victim discovered Monday night is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Investigators also aren't sure what led to another homicide at 12:48 a.m. Tuesday in the 3800 block of N. 38th Street.

Police say a male in his 20s was shot inside a home and ran away from the residence to the intersection of 35th and Vienna where he collapsed and died.

Police aren't sure what led to the shooting and are attempting to identify the victim and a suspect in the case.