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Lake Hallie police said Monday that the deceased were: 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, both of Lake Hallie, and 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, from the Town of Lafayette.

The surviving girl was hospitalized in Rochester in critical condition.


Lake Hallie police said the driver and a passenger in the pickup truck both told investigators they had intentionally been inhaling chemical vapors (huffing) just prior to the crash.


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Stitch Supply Co., a sewing shop in Altoona, WI decided to make quilts to comfort Troop 3055 scouts mourning. 

They asked people to stitch a block in Girl Scout green, with the hopes of getting enough blocks to make about 30 quilts.

The effort quickly picked up steam and the shop ended up getting more than a thousand blocks from people across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and even a Girl Scout troop from Singapore.

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Update 3/12/2020:

A 23-year-old man who plowed his pickup truck into member s of GSUSA Troop 3055  picking up trash on the side of a Wisconsin road, killing three 4th grade scouts and one adult volunteer, was sentenced Wednesday to 54 years in prison to be followed by 45 years of extended supervision.

Colten Treu pleaded no contest in December to four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and guilty to one count of hit and run causing bodily harm. He had originally pleaded not guilty to all charges.

On Wednesday, he addressed the families of his victims.

"I screwed up bad. No matter what I say or do, you guys are never going to know how sorry I really am," Treu said, according to NBC affiliate WEAU. "I can't give back what I have taken. I want to. Lord knows I want to."

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Historical note, on 3/12 in 1912, the first GSUSA troop was organized in Savannah , GA


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Update 9/17/2021:

"On Thursday, Judge James Isaacson sentenced Stender to three years in prison and three years of extended supervision after a three hour hearing in Chippewa County court. Stender had previously been found guilty for harboring and aiding a felon for helping Treu hide the truck on the day of the crash."

"Authorities say the crash happened while both men were high after huffing aerosol inhalants they had purchased at Walmart. They drove into the girl scout troop, hid the truck and carried on with their day.

In handing down his sentencing, Judge James Isaacson said it was notable that Stender waited several hours before telling police what happened.

About a dozen family members of the victims spoke about the massive impact the crash has had on their lives and the tragic way they lost their loved ones."

“He should spend some time thinking about and regretting his actions. I have to think about losing my beautiful, amazing daughter every day,” said Robin Kelley, Jayna’s mom.

She was one of the several family members calling on Judge Isaacson to hand down the maximum sentence of five years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

“About the time these two were hiding the truck that crashed into my daughter, I was desperately trying to do CPR on Jayna, screaming for paramedics to help,” said Brian Kelley.


After listening to the families of the victims, Stender offered a tearful apology.

“I know the victims’ families want justice from me and I’m sure they are all sick and angry inside having to say goodbye to their family and friends. I can’t imagine. There’s not a day that goes by that I wish I could trade places with them. The children were too young to have this happen,” he said.

Since the crash, Stender said he has turned his life around, sought out counseling, held a job and got married. The other side of the courtroom was packed with his friends and family including his pregnant wife.


"He pleaded no contest to charges of harboring or aiding a felon back in April. Police say he helped Colten Treu cover-up the wreck that killed three girls and one of their mothers. Stender said they were both high at the time. Colten Treu is currently serving a 54-year sentence" for killing all four.

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