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4/29/2017 12:44:41 PM
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MEDIA RELEASE

April 29, 2017

 

Incident: Suspicious Death

Date: April 28, 2017

Location: 7113 University Avenue, Middleton, WI

 

Incident # MI 17-003436

 

On April 28, 2017, at 2:52 PM, the Middleton Police Department was contacted by a male caller who stated that he had just found a family member deceased at this location.  Upon arrival, officers located an elderly female deceased in the garage.  Observations of the first officers on scene indicated that the death was of a suspicious nature.

Based on the complexity of the scene and seriousness of this incident, assistance with the on scene evidence collection and investigation was requested from the Dane County Sheriff’s Department. Officials from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s office also responded to the scene to help determine the cause and manner of death.

A preliminary analysis of the victim and crime scene led investigators to believe that this suspicious death was the result of a homicide.   The Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy on the victim beginning at 8:30 am today.  The identity of the victim and the results of the autopsy will be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office later today.

As the residence was inhabited by more than one individual, a search warrant was drafted to examine the scene in greater detail.  The search and evidence collection process is ongoing at this time.

The overnight investigation of this incident has developed a possible suspect in this crime.  Within the past hour, the suspect has been taken into custody.  Middleton Police Detectives are currently interviewing the possible suspect and serving a warrant to conduct and examination of his body and clothing.

The victim and suspect knew one another and as such, the Middleton Police Department does not believe that there is an imminent threat to the general public at this time.

Once again, a press release from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected later this afternoon.  The Middleton Police Department in continuing to investigate the incident and shall provide written press releases when further information becomes available.   We will look to hold a press conference on the matter, in the next several days, once the investigation progresses further and we have had an opportunity to confer with the Dane County District Attorney on this matter.

The Middleton Police Department is asking anyone who may have information or witnessed this incident to contact the police department at 608.824.7300, tipster line at 608.824.7304 or text at 608.824.7300.    

Captain Steven Britt

608-824-7300

sbritt@ci.middleton.wi.us      

 

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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MEDIA RELEASE
April 29, 2017

Incident: Suspicious Death
Date: April 28, 2017
Location: 7113 University Avenue, Middleton, WI

Incident # MI 17-003436

On April 28, 2017, at 2:52 PM, the Middleton Police Department was contacted by a male caller who stated that he had just found a family member deceased at this location. Upon arrival, officers located an elderly female deceased in the garage. Observations of the first officers on scene indicated that the death was of a suspicious nature.

Based on the complexity of the scene and seriousness of this incident, assistance with the on scene evidence collection and investigation was requested from the Dane County Sheriff’s Department. Officials from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s office also responded to the scene to help determine the cause and manner of death.

A preliminary analysis of the victim and crime scene led investigators to believe that this suspicious death was the result of a homicide. The Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy on the victim beginning at 8:30 am today. The identity of the victim and the results of the autopsy will be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office later today.

As the residence was inhabited by more than one individual, a search warrant was drafted to examine the scene in greater detail. The search and evidence collection process is ongoing at this time.

The overnight investigation of this incident has developed a possible suspect in this crime. Within the past hour, the suspect has been taken into custody. Middleton Police Detectives are currently interviewing the possible suspect and serving a warrant to conduct and examination of his body and clothing.

The victim and suspect knew one another and as such, the Middleton Police Department does not believe that there is an imminent threat to the general public at this time.

Once again, a press release from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected later this afternoon. The Middleton Police Department in continuing to investigate the incident and shall provide written press releases when further information becomes available. We will look to hold a press conference on the matter, in the next several days, once the investigation progresses further and we have had an opportunity to confer with the Dane County District Attorney on this matter.

The Middleton Police Department is asking anyone who may have information or witnessed this incident to contact the police department at 608.824.7300, tipster line at 608.824.7304 or text at 608.824.7300.


Captain Steven Britt
608-824-7300
sbritt@ci.middleton.wi.us

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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The suspect has been taken into custody. Detectives are interviewing the possible suspect and serving a warrant to conduct an exam of his body and clothing.