Janesville police investigating body found on city’s south side

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Janesville police say they’re waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death for a body found Sunday afternoon.

According to police, the body was found by a neighbor in a wooded area near Pierce Street shortly prior to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the body was badly decomposed and likely in the same spot for a week’s time.

“It was decomposed so much that we would not be able to tell the identity of the person,” said Sgt. Dean Sukus. “We have a feeling we might know who the person is just based on prior reports of missing people. But we can’t make that determination until the medical examiners office can do an autopsy.”

Sukus was able to clarify the body was an adult. He says while the cause of death is unknown, there is not a current threat to the neighborhood.