Wisconsin news anchor Neena Pacholke has been confirmed by police

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Wisconsin news anchor Neena Pacholke’s cause of death has been confirmed by police.

Neena, a television news anchor for ABC television affiliate WAOW in Wausau, died Saturday, August 27 at the age of 27.

“Wausau Police and the Marathon County Medical Examiner’s Office have confirmed that 27-year-old Neena Pacholke died as a result of suicide,” the Wausau Police Department said in a Facebook statement.

Noting that September is Suicide Prevention Month, the police department shared that “help is available 24/7 for anyone who may be struggling or in crisis.”

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On the morning of Aug. 27, police were conducting a welfare check on Neena at a Southeast Side home after she allegedly made suicidal comments.

“After receiving no answer at the door, officers entered the home and found Pacholke deceased,” the statement said.

After an investigation, they confirmed that she died by suicide.

The police department and the local medical examiner’s office also sent condolences and condolences to Neena’s family.

“September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and we, along with Pacholke’s family, want to bring awareness to this stigmatized and often taboo topic,” the Wausau Police Department said.

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Citing the National Alliance on Mental Health that suicide, the department added that suicide is “the 2nd leading cause of death among those aged 10-14, the 3rd leading cause of death among those aged 15-24, and the 12th leading cause of death overall in the US”

Days after Neena’s death, her sister Kaitlynn Pacholke spoke out The Tampa Bay Times.

“My sister was by far the happiest person I thought I knew,” Kaitlynn said Times.

“Sometimes you just don’t know what people are going through, no matter how much you think you know someone,” she added. “My sister had access to every resource you could imagine. Everyone loved her. She was so good at her job.”

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Kaitlynn said later Today that Neena, who recently celebrated five years at the station and got engaged in October, “could make anyone feel incredible.”

“If you knew her your whole life or if you knew her for five minutes, she made you feel special,” he shared with the outlet on Wednesday. “She was my younger sister, but I looked up to her.”

WAOW first reported Neena’s death on Sunday and wrote that “the entire team here at News 9 is absolutely devastated by the loss, as we know many others are.” The station’s announcement of her death included a call for mental health resources.

“Neena loved this community and the people who lived here,” the station added. “He was a kind man with a big heart and an infectious smile and will be greatly missed.”

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling 988, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line to 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.

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