Deputies look for possible evidence on Hwy 14 from Mazomanie homicide

Person of interest named in homicide
Deputies look for possible evidence on Hwy 14 from Mazomanie homicide
Deputies search for possible evidence connected to Mazomanie homicide on Highway 14.

Dane County Sheriff’s deputies looked for evidence Thursday afternoon that may have been discarded in connection to the Mazomanie homicide, officials said.

Deputies “randomly” chose to look for evidence on Highway 14 just east of Black Earth, authorities said. They did not find anything, but plan to continue the search Friday morning.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has named a person of interest in the death of a Mazomanie woman.

Phillip A. Byrd, 39, of Janesville has been named a person of interest in the homicide investigation of Cheryl Gilberg, according to a release. Byrd is being held in the Rock County Jail on charges of bail jumping and drug possession.

According to the criminal complaint, a prescription amphetamine pill bottle prescribed to Gilberg was found alongside prescriptions belonging to Byrd during the home search.

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said in a news conference Tuesday the medical examiner ruled that Gilberg died from “homicidal firearm violence to the head.”

Deputies were called to 306 Scott St. at 7:10 p.m. Sunday for a report of an injured woman.

Gilberg was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Mahoney said there was a history of domestic violence at the home, and that Gilberg filed for a restraining order last week. Court records show she filed it against a former or current live-in boyfriend, and it was scheduled to go to court Wednesday. Mahoney wouldn’t say if that man is being questioned.

Mahoney said there were incidents Gilberg reported within the last month, but he made it clear that there is nothing definitively linking her death to domestic violence at this point in the investigation.

Officials said Byrd was not the man Gilberg filed a temporary restraining order against, and was not involved in an alleged December domestic violence incident.

He said Gilberg owned the house, and was the only person living there at the time of the incident. Gilberg was found by a family member who was checking on her.