Beloit homicide victim likely killed 2 days before body was found, police chief says

BELOIT, Wis. — Beloit police believe the victim of a Labor Day weekend homicide was killed two days before their body was found.

Officers with the Beloit Police Department responded Sunday to the 300 block of Portland Avenue after a body was found between two houses. Police later announced they were investigating the 19-year-old victim’s death as a homicide and said they died from gunshot wounds.

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According to BPD Chief Andre Sayles, the department’s investigation shows the victim was likely shot Friday evening. The victim’s body wasn’t found until Sunday.

Police had responded to a shots fired call near Bluff Street and Portland Avenue around 9:30 p.m.

According to the release, officers recovered shell casings after canvassing the area. Residents interviewed during the investigation said the suspects involved ran away from the scene. Sayles said officers didn’t find any blood evidence or get any reports of someone being shot at the time.

Sayles said the department has reviewed hours of body cam footage and other evidence which led them to determine they didn’t find the victim’s body after the shots fired call “due to its location and the time of day.”

He added that the department shared the update on the investigation to “maintain transparency.”

Authorities said the Rock County Sheriff’s Office completed an autopsy on the victim Tuesday, but it may be several weeks before an official time of death is determined.

Police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the Rock County Dispatch Center at 608-757-2244 or Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7463.