Police: Town of Madison death not homicide

Officers say community not in danger
Police: Town of Madison death not homicide

After initially labeling it a “suspicious death,” police in the town of Madison are now ruling out murder in the case of a body found over the weekend.

A female body was discovered along the railroad tracks near Country Rose Court in the Town of Madison on Saturday.

Officers secured the scene around the railroad bridge over Ski Lane after locating the body. Dane County dispatchers said the initial call came in around 4 p.m.

Police at first labeled it a “suspicious death” and requested the assistance of the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Dane County Coroner’s Office.

But officers later changed their initial assessment of the situation.

Town of Madison Police Chief Scott Gregory said, “At this point, we don’t believe it was a homicide and we don’t believe the community’s at risk.”

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The Town of Madison Police Department said it’s continuing to investigate the death until a final determination is made.

“This kind of thing can happen any place,” Gregory explained. “It can happen in that area, and it can happen where you live and it can happen where I live. So really, you need to know your neighbors.”

Police said the Dane County medical examiner will release the deceased person’s name after all family notifications have been made. 

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