'Not my baby'

Aug 30, 2017, 10:30 AM

Two-and-a-half-year-old Michelle Manders disappears from her Watertown home in the middle of the night in October 1981. About three weeks later, her body is found in the Rock River, which winds through town.

Hers was the fifth in a series of strange disappearances and deaths in Jefferson County over a seven-year period. At first, police suspect she was abducted. But after her body is found, officials deem it an accidental drowning.

The district attorney at the time doubts that conclusion, and a review by the Journal Sentinel reveals shortcomings in the investigation.