Madison doctor, husband victims of double homicide, family friends say

MADISON, Wis. — A Madison doctor and her husband are the victims of Tuesday’s homicide at the UW Arboretum, according to close friends of the family.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Beth Potter, 52, and Robin Carre, 57, as the victims.

Dr. Beth Potter, 52, and her husband Robin Carre, 57, have been identified as the victims, family friends, who wished not to be identified, said. The Medical Examiner said both died from homicidal related trauma.

Dr. Potter worked at the Wingra Family Medical Center run by the Access Community Health Centers and the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

“In addition to being a wonderful family physician and highly respected teacher, Beth was a dedicated clinical leader,” said William Schwab, M.D., the interim chair of Potter’s department in a statement. “She was wise, warm, and always supportive. There are so many patients, students and colleagues whose lives have been touched by Beth. Her loss weighs heavily on members of our department.”

A jogger called police around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after noticing two people in a ditch near Wingra Drive.

Carre was pronounced dead at the scene and Potter died at the hospital shortly after, UWPD spokesman Marc Lovicott said.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department believes the incident was targeted. Anyone with information is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

“It’s still unnerving that we have an individual or individuals responsible for this, but we hope people are at ease a little bit in knowing this is not something random, that these individuals were picked out after walking in that area,” said Marc Lovicott, UWPD communications director.

This is UWPD’s first homicide investigation since 1982, Lovicott said, adding that senior staff members believe it’s the department’s only double homicide investigation in modern history.

“This is unprecedented for folks currently at the department, but this is the stuff we train for,” he said.