GREEN BAY - A west side Green Bay neighborhood is left in shock after a gruesome discovery.
Police say at around 5 p.m. Sunday, a friend of Richard Scott Gardipee called police saying Gardipee had showed up at his home.
Police say Gardipee told the friend that he hurt his girlfriend and appeared to have blood on him.
When police officers arrived at 944 Christiana St. on Green Bay's west side, they say they found the 26-year-old woman's body in the basement, with signs of trauma.
Officers say they have arrested 31-year-old Richard Scott Gardipee on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his live-in girlfriend.
"We were called by a friend of the suspect that we ended up arresting," said Green Bay Police Captain Paul Ebel. "It appears that it was a domestic relationship, domestic disturbance that ultimately got physical and led to her death," explained Ebel.
Authorities have not released the victim's name, but family members tell FOX 11 they've been notified by police the victim is 26-year-old Wendy Botsford.
Police say Gardipee told investigators the woman's 4-year-old son from a previous relationship was in the home at the time of the fight.
Gardipee told police the child did not witness the incident, but he locked the child in the bathroom after it happened, then moved the woman to the basement.
On Sunday, a small bunch of flowers can be seen resting on the lawn, outside the white-sided home on Christiana St.
For some long-time residents of the neighborhood, they say the worst crime they see is harmless pranks by nearby West High School students.
"We have some kids and stuff like that, you know, the basic homecoming-type stuff," said Justin Harrison, who lives directly across the street from where the body was found. "But this is probably the biggest thing in the 20 years I've been here."
"This is surprising, not only for me, for everyone here in this neighborhood," explained Ramon Flores.
Flores lives next door to 944 Christiana.
He says his son would often play with the woman's son and never thought anything was out of the ordinary...until Saturday.
He says in his five years in the neighborhood he's never dealt with a crime so close to home and hopes he never has to again.
"Very shocking, actually," said Flores. "This is the first time I went through a situation like this, the first time in my life - you know? I hope this is the last one."
An autopsy is pending.
Police expect Gardipee in court by Tuesday at the latest.
The victim's father, Kent Botsford, didn't want to speak on camera at this time.
However he asks for people's thoughts and prayers for his family - and especially his 4-year-old grandson.
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