Wife found in car with missing husband dies in hospital

A missing Dane County couple has been found in their vehicle just off County Highway J, according to the Dane County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, 87-year-old Donald Soper was found dead. Officials said 87-year-old Colleen Soper was found in critical condition. She was taken to Meriter Hospital where she later died, according to her daughter’s Facebook page.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said the couple was found on a remote trail at approximately 10:20 a.m. The vehicle appeared to be stuck, according to the news release.

The couple went missing after they left a family gathering in Black Earth at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday in a black 2008 Dodge Caliber with a Wisconsin license plate of 327FXX. A GPS tracker on the vehicle was not working as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Department is handling the case with assistance from Mount Horeb police, firefighters and emergency medical services.

The Silver Alert has been canceled.

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