'We are devastated': Family of woman seen with wanted Racine dating app suspect releases statement
CUDAHY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The family of a woman linked to 52-year-old Timothy Olson, a Racine man wanted by police after three fell unconscious in his presence, has released a statement to the community asking for continued thoughts and prayers.
Kim Yvonne Mikulance, 55, of Cudahy, died earlier this week. Her funeral was Saturday, Nov. 26.
Witnesses said Mikulance, who was also known by friends and loved ones as Raina Reighns, was seen walking into a South Milwaukee bar called Power on 10th with Olson.
The two ordered drinks, but before Mikulance even took a sip, witnesses said she began having a medical emergency.
While the bartender and other customers focused on helping Mikulance, Olson said he was going to run out to get her inhaler, but he never returned.
Mikulance was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died.
"We would like to thank the first responders, medical staff at Advocate Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, patrons and employees of Powers on 10th for their services as well as everyone in the community who has supported the efforts in bringing this tragedy to light and assisting law enforcement," the statement read in part.
Family and friends posted tributes to Mikulance on the funeral home's website.
One from her granddaughter, Makayla, read:
My grandma made me realize to forever cherish every moment like it’s the last and never take life for granted. these are pictures that will forever be a memory. she was the sweetest soul ever and always put a smile on everyone’s face. she always tried to give and be there for others before herself. I know she’s proud of us all and will still be here for all us through thick and thin. I’ll love and miss her forever and always. rest in peace beautiful angel. you’re now at peace in heaven not in pain or hurt anymore.
South Milwaukee PD have confirmed that Olson is a person of interest in Mikulance's death, and while she is the last known victim, there may be others.
Complaints against Olson date back to early September. Racine PD first warned aboutÂ Olson on Nov. 9, saying he meets women on dating apps or websites and then victimizes them for his financial gain.
"Olson goes by a number of aliases. He allegedly used the name "Tim Wilson" when talking to a woman he met on Match.com, according to a criminal complaint," a previous CBS 58 article said.
He currently has a warrant out for five counts of identity theft in Mt. Pleasant and is also wanted by US Marshals.
Lots of questions remain unanswered, but the biggest? Where is Timothy Olson?
Even though police say he is a danger, South Milwaukee PD have not released any new information and they are not allowing the Medical Examiner's office to release any of their findings, which include Mikulance's autopsy results.
Olson has ties to both Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Police describe him as 6'3" and over 200 pounds. If you see him, call 911 immediately.
Officials are urging the community to stay vigilant and be on the lookout, as every day that Olson is not found is another day that someone else could fall victim.
If you have any information, please contact the Racine PD's Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756.
To remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330 or use their mobile app.
Mikulance's friends are planning a fundraiser at Scotty's Bar and Pizza for her family. They will host an event celebrating her life on Dec. 13.
The family's full statement can be read here:
We are deeply saddened by the recent events that transpired and ask for patience, grace, respect for our privacy and compassion while we as a family navigate the aftermath of the events that occurred on Nov 17th that ultimately lead to the tragic passing of a beloved Daughter, Mother, Grandmother and friend. Kim (also known as Raina or Rain) had an absolute infectious personality, a smile that lit up a room, a rare zest for life and a strength that was immeasurable. She made friends wherever she went, was an avid advocate for animal rescues (she had a soft spot for cats-and that compassion extended to creating outdoor shelters and providing food for the stray animals in her neighborhood) worked as a caretaker most of her adult life, and had a passion and talent for singing- often frequenting local establishments for karaoke. She is survived by her parents, four sons, 8 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She loved her family fiercely and was always willing to help family/friends in need. We are devastated over her untimely passing and are in disbelief that the world is without this kind, generous and beloved soul. The details of that afternoon are still coming together slowly, and we plead that anyone who has any information regarding Timothy Olson (also known as Rico) or his whereabouts come forward, as he was the last person Kim was with before her medical emergency. No woman should live in fear, or have their life taken in such a horrific manner at the hands of another person. We would like to thank the first responders, medical staff at Advocate Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, patrons and employees of Powers on 10th for their services as well as everyone in the community who has supported the efforts in bringing this tragedy to light and assisting law enforcement. A special thank you to all those who sent flowers, condolences, are organizing benefits, and those who were able to attend Kim’s celebration of life. It means so much that she is being honored in such a beautiful way. We ask that you continue to be vigilant and keep our family in your prayers.