More Information in Deaths of Paynesville Couple 26 Mar 18

(KWLM/Paynesville MN-) The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department has released more details on the deaths of an elderly couple from Paynesville. A news release says a niece of 93-year-old Willie and 80-year-old Gloria Scheel reported them missing around 10 Wednesday night when they missed a 6 p.m. dinner appointment. She tried to locate them but was unsuccessful. Family members could not find the couple or their 33-year-old grandson Gregory Scheel who lived with them, and the Paynesville Police were notified. The Scheels’ blue Toyota Prius was also missing.

On Wednesday night Gregory Scheel did not show up at his job. At the request of Paynesville Police Chief Paul Wegner, The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department became involved in the search on Thursday morning. The search turned up nothing during the day Thursday, and in the afternoon more deputies became involved and the Minnesota BCA was contacted. Investigators began to suspect the disappearances were suspicious. The BCA Crime lab arrived at the Scheel home on Mill Street around 5 p.m., and after searching the home, they received word that the Scheels’ Prius has been found in the construction zone Kandiyohi County Road 5 on the east side of Games Lake in northern Kandiyohi County. It appeared to be stuck in and mud and had been there for some time.

Deputies, investigators and BCA agents arrived and began processing the scene. They began searching the neighborhood where the car was found. The area was photographed and documented, and the car was towed to the Kandiyohi County Law Enforcement Center in Willmar for processing of the interior. Inside the car, under some carpeting, they found the bodies of Willie and Gloria Scheel. The deaths did not appear to have been from natural causes. The bodies were taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka for examination and autopsy. They identified the couple as Wilbert and Gloria Scheel and ruled the deaths the result of homicide. Shortly after the vehicle had been removed from the scene, a caller reported a man walking on County Road 5 south of where the vehicle was found. A Kandiyohi County Deputy and two sergeants who were still in the area encountered the man who was identified as Gregory Scheel. He was taken to the Kandiyohi County Detention Center and questioned. After further investigation, it was determined there was enough evidence to charge Scheel with Intentional 2nd Degree Murder.