Authorities stress the importance of citizen tips as local murders remain unsolved

MADISON, Wis. — The Dane County Medical Examiner has identified 22-year-old Aaron Johnson as the victim of a homicide in downtown Madison over the weekend. So far, no arrests have been made in the case. Several other recent homicides have also gone unsolved in Dane county.

In the last 6 months, at least four men were murdered in very separate incidents in Dane County, but the one thing that connects them all is that their killers are still out there.

“There’s so many different leads that investigators go to, to the point of exhaustion,” explained Officer Tyler Grigg, with the Madison Police Department.

There have been two homicides in Madison so far this year. Antonio Stidhum, 20, of Chicago was shot to death on McKenna Boulevard last month, and then there’s Johnson’s death. Both are currently unsolved. Grigg said investigators are working hard to change that.

He also tells News 3 Now that citizen tips can go a long way in solving crime, as well. Grigg helps coordinate with Madison Areas Crime Stoppers, which allows people to provide anonymous tips via phone or website. Since 1982 the tips have helped solve nearly 4,000 crimes and 28 homicides in Dane County.

Madison Area Crime Stoppers is used county wide. Authorities with Dane County Sheriff’s Office are pleading with the public to help solve the murder of Nicholas Day which happened in Blue Mounds last month. The 26-year-old veteran’s body was found in a rural area which officials said makes things even more difficult due to lack of witnesses.

Next week marks five months since the shooting death of Fitchburg teen Shay Watson. Lt. Edward Hartwick with Fitchburg police tells News 3 Now that some investigators are still focused solely on the case but as time has gone on things have become harder to nail down.

All agencies are stressing the importance cooperation from the community so no one gets away with murder.

“They can call the Madison Area Crime Stoppers number or you can go online. People are more inclined to maybe give up some information anonymously and if it leads to an arrest and they can be eligible for a cash reward,” Grigg said of

Authorities believe all of the cases were targeted incidents, so there is no danger to the general public.

If you have any information you can call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014 or visit their website. To report a tip directly online click here.