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Wausau police now believe Stephanie Low was murdered in 2010

Stephanie Low
Stephanie Low

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - It was three years ago tonight when a Wausau woman disappeared. 

Now, police believe that Stephanie Low was murdered in her apartment, and was then taken away.

Police say they've checked out almost 400 leads in the case, some as recently as last week.

Kristopher "Spider" Torgerson has long been a person of interest in the case. Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel tells WAOW-TV that Torgerson is now a suspect. 

Officials have not given a reason for that conclusion. Hardel says his investigators have made progress in the case, but not as much as they would like. 

In his words, "We're not quite there yet, but we're getting close."  

Low was 22 when she vanished after she abruptly hung up while talking to a friend on the phone. At the time, her mother said Stephanie was threatened before she disappeared – but she never said how.  

Torgerson was sentenced earlier this year to 4 years in prison on unrelated charges of battery and possession of methamphetamines.  

A release of balloons is planned today to mark the third anniversary of Low's disappearance.

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