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Victoria, circa 2013; James Prokopovitz in 2019; Kathryn Friday in 2019

Missing Since 04/25/2013

Missing From Pittsfield, Wisconsin

Classification Endangered Missing

Sex Female

Race White

Date of Birth Used 09/10/1953 (67)

Age 59 years old

Height and Weight 5'6, 117 pounds

Clothing/Jewelry Description A white jacket, a black and white shirt, gray stretch pants and black shoes with a wide, stacked heel.

Medical Conditions Victoria suffers from severe depression and may be a danger to herself. She had made two prior attempts at suicide, both more than a decade before she was last seen. She was previously diagnosed with colon cancer and had needed a colostomy. Although she had recovered from her cancer and had her colostomy bag removed, she was still physically weak. She sometimes needed a cane to walk, and wouldn't have been able to walk for a long distance. She takes medication.

Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Victoria's nickname is Vicki. She has scars on her abdomen and arms, a tattoo of a rose on her breast and a tattoo of a skunk on the back of her hip. Her ears are pierced and she has a mole on the back of her neck. Victoria wears eyeglasses and dentures. She is a heavy smoker.

Details of Disappearance
Victoria was last seen at her residence in the 5100 block of Kunesh Road in Pittsfield, Wisconsin at 10:00 p.m. on April 25, 2013. Her husband, James M. Prokopovitz, says he went to bed at that time and this was the last time he saw her. When he woke up at 4:00 a.m., she was gone. He said he searched the area, couldn't find her, and went to work. After he returned home that afternoon, he called the police to report her disappearance.

Victoria's medication disappeared with her, but she left behind her purse, identification, money, dentures, cigarettes and cellular phone. She didn't have access to a vehicle and hadn't driven one in years, and there's no evidence that anyone else picked her up. An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of her and she has never been heard from again.

James stated he thought she may have taken her own life, but according to her daughter and her son, Victoria seemed to be doing well and was not depressed at the time of her disappearance. She had previously attempted suicide twice, but this was more than a decade prior to her disappearance. Both attempts took place at her home.

Investigators stated the couple had lied to them about other matters concerning Victoria's disappearance on numerous occasions. Among other things, James had lied when he said he looked for Victoria after he realized she was missing. He said he'd checked a nearby gas station for her, but security footage at the station proved this was untrue. He also said he called Victoria on the way home from work on the day she disappeared to ask about dinner, but phone records showed she hadn't received any calls.

In an interview with police after his arrest, James had stated, "here I killed her. Kathy had nothing to do with it. I don't know how I killed her. I didn't, so I can't tell you I don't know." He said he and Frye had lied in an effort to "keep their stories straight", but then he changed his story and denied having killed his wife.

James had access to a sludge pond, which is full of industrial waste and is located on his route between his home and his job. At the John Doe hearing, when asked about the pond, James said, "I think if a body was put into the sludge ponds it would never be found. I know that as I saw what happened to the deer that went in there." He denied having put Victoria's body in the pond, and the pond is too hazardous to search.

During James's trial in February 2021, two inmates who'd known him in jail testified against him. One of them said James stated no one would be able to identify Victoria because there would be no blood or teeth with the body. Victoria's psychiatrist testified, saying he had treated for five years and didn't believe she was suicidal at the time of her disappearance. He also stated Victoria told him James was controlling and wouldn't let her go see a doctor. James's ex-wife also testified, against he had been abusive and threatened her and her daughter.

Wesley Edges, who is Victoria's son and James's stepson, said she and James got into an argument over a tablecloth on the day she disappeared. Later, Edges left home and when he came back, James told him, "Mom's gone." When Edges asked what he meant, James said, "I woke up, she’s not here." Victoria's daughter testified that her stepfather seemed more interested in moving on with his life than in finding Victoria, and that he quickly dropped Victoria from his medical insurance policy.

James's defense did not call any witnesses and his attorney argued the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. He was convicted of murder and faces a sentence of life in prison.

Investigating Agency / Department

Brown County Sheriff’s Office 920-448-4230

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