CHIPPEWA FALLS Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Chippewa Falls Police Department releases the name of the woman found dead after a house fire in July. Police Chief Matt Kelm says 55-year-old Lynn Smith was identified through dental records.
She lived in the home on Superior Street where the fire happened. Earlier yesterday, the man charged in the case, 58-year-old Scott Vaningan stood silent in Chippewa County court and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
He’s charged with first degree intentional homicide and arson. An autopsy determined Smith was killed before the fire, as medical examiners found multiple puncture wounds in her neck.