Steven Avery’s former neighbor said he saw things around the time of Teresa Halbach’s murder that raise a lot of questions – and no one has asked him about it before.
The recent Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer has made international headlines and raised many questions surrounding the 2005 murder of Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wi. and the subsequent trial that convicted Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey in crimes related to murder.
One of the key pieces of evidence in the case was Halbach’s blue/green Toyota Rav4 discovered by a volunteer search party in the rear area of Avery Auto Salvage on November 5th, 2005.
On the southeast side of the Avery Auto Salvage, off Jambo Creek road directly beside the entrance to the quarry behind the yard lives Wilmer Siebert, a man in his 70s who considers himself friends with the Averys.
Siebert said he saw what he thinks might be Halbach’s Toyota Rav4 accompanied by another vehicle, a mysterious white Jeep, “days” before the search party found the Rav4 on the salvage yard.
Siebert said he was just hanging out in his backyard one day when he saw the Rav4 speeding quickly down the backroad that leads into the quarry behind the Avery Auto Salvage and directly behind it was the white Jeep.
About half an hour later only the Jeep returned he said.
“It was a white Jeep, just a smaller Jeep, and it looked liked the paint was peeling off the hood. You could see like an undercoating on the hood. The Jeep was what I saw come back out but I didn’t see the (the Rav4 come out),” said Siebert.
Siebert cannot precisely remember the day or time he saw the vehicle because of how long ago it was now but he estimates he saw the vehicles “less than a week”, perhaps “a couple days or three days” before it was discovered by the search party.
Siebert said vehicles regularly travel down the quarry road but he noticed these two particular vehicles because they were driving faster than usual.
“They must have been going about 40 miles an hour,” said Siebert.
Siebert could not tell who or how many people were in either vehicle.
“Shortly after (the incident he witnessed) the lady found the car back there,” said Siebert referring to the vehicle’s discovery by Pamela Sturm as she participated in a volunteer search party.
Siebert said he cannot be 100 per cent certain it was Halbach’s Rav4 but because it was the same green/blue color, and because he rarely saw Rav4s he’s pretty sure it was.
Siebert said he’s been buying parts from Avery Auto Salvage since before he moved to the home in the 1970, he also raised questions about how the search parties could have found the vehicle so quickly.
“I don’t know how (the search party) could find that car that quick because I needed a gas tank for a truck (once) and they gave me the row (that it was in) and what kind of truck it was and I didn’t find that truck in that short of a time,” said Siebert.
Chuck Avery, who is also Steven Avery’s brother, has owned the salvage yard since the 1990s and he confirmed that at the time of Halbach’s murder the back of the Avery lot could be accessed from the quarry road but that since that time the rear entrance has been blocked.
Siebert said he was not questioned by police or lawyers except for when an FBI agent came to his door shortly after Halbach went missing and showed him a picture of Halbach and asked if he knew her, which he didn’t.
Siebert is a quiet family man and he said that because no one asked him directly about it at the time he never thought to tell anyone.
“I really didn’t want to get involved. I didn’t know for sure what was going on and how this was going to be handled,” said Siebert.
Siebert said he is not looking for attention and he is only speaking about it now because Netflix documentary made him ask questions.
Siebert said during the investigation of Halbach’s
murder the police barricaded the quarry road entrance, about 50 feet from his back steps, and blocked the same section of road that he had observed the Rav 4 and Jeep earlier.
“He said if anyone moves those barricades give me a call but he never gave me a number how would I get ahold of him,” said Siebert.
One evening Siebert said he witnessed Manitowoc County Sherriff’s Department vehicles driving past the barricade and then going through the Avery property with lights late into the night.
He said he wanted to report that someone had crossed the barrier but he didn’t know who to call so he told his daughter, Victoria Siebert, to call the local police who then told her that there was nothing to worry about.
His daughter confirmed this.
Wilmer Siebert said the next day it was announced on television that they had found Halbach’s keys on the property but doesn’t make any claims to what that might mean.
Siebert actually likes the Avery’s and considers them friends.
He said since buying his house and raising 9 children neither him or anyone from his family that he knows of has ever had a bad dealing with any of the Avery family.
Siebert had even been on fishing trips with Allen Avery, Steven’s father.
“I can’t really find no fault with them because I never had any trouble with them, I always thought they were good people. They treated me fair at least,” he said.
To read more see: Manitowoc After Making a Murderer