TV news anchor, 27, found dead at home in Wisconsin. Neena Pacholke anchored the midday and co-anchored the morning show at WAOW of Wausau, Wisconsin, a job she described as a privilege.
A Wisconsin television station is mourning the loss of one of its news anchors Tuesday after she was found dead over the weekend.
Neena Pacholke, a morning co-anchor and midday anchor at WAOW of Wausau, was 27.
Her body was discovered Saturday morning at a home in Wausau after officers were sent to conduct a welfare check, Wausau Police Capt. Ben Graham said.
The welfare check was prompted by possible suicidal statements by Pacholke, Graham said. “Foul play is not suspected,” he said.
The cause and manner of death were not released. The Marathon County medical examiner did not immediately respond to a request for information.
The Wisconsin news anchor who died by apparent suicide previously experienced a tragic heartbreak — when her high school boyfriend died from a rare form of brain cancer in 2016.
Neena Pacholke, who was set to be married in less than two months, had lost her first love Jordan Harris when he was 18.
Harris had been diagnosed with primitive neuroectodermal tumors in 2011, and after two separate bouts battling the cancer, he succumbed to the disease shortly before the two were about to start their freshman year at the University of South Florida.
The WAOW anchor, who died Saturday and was remembered by family and colleagues for her infectious smile and positive spirit, spoke about losing her first love in an interview shared by Moffitt Cancer Center in 2016, three years after Harris died.
“I just remember sitting there, all of us around him. I remember holding his hand as he passed away. I knew it was going to be hard but I always told him I’d be there through it all,’ Pacholke said.