Skeletal Remains

For those of you who visit this blog and aren’t from Wisconsin, you know that I hike at Lake Kegonsa often, but probably aren’t aware of the following news stories.

Update: Only skeletal remains of body found

The Capital Times  —  10/14/2008 2:36 pm

The body discovered in Lake Kegonsa State Park Monday afternoon mainly consisted of skeletal remains and had been in the park most likely since the summer, a spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

“What we are looking at is skeletal remains, not several years old but they had probably been in the park from some point over the summer,” said Elise Schaffer.

A state park ranger discovered the body near Prairie Trail in the park, on the northeast shore of Lake Kegonsa north of Stoughton, while doing prairie restoration work in a heavily wooded area of the park.

A section of the park was cordoned off Monday following the discovery of the decomposed body, but Schaffer couldn’t say if foul play was suspected.

“We have to treat it like a crime scene,” Schaffer said.

There was no determination as to the gender, age or identity of the person.

The Dane County Coroner’s Office is assisting sheriff’s detectives in the investigation.


UPDATE: Wednesday (10/15/08) 5:30 p.m.

Lake Kegonsa (WKOW) — The Dane County Coroner has released more details about the decomposed body found in Lake Kegonsa State Park in Stoughton on Monday evening.

Tuesday, authorities confirmed the body belonged to a non-Caucasian man, between 30 and 40 years old. And Wednesday, the coroner added that the man had short, curly black hair and dental fillings.

Several additional forensic studies will be conducted in an effort to establish an identity for the remains, and determine the manner and cause of death.  Results of those examinations probably won’t be available for several weeks.


Lake Kegonsa (WKOW) — Dane County Coroner John Stanely released new information on Tuesday about the decomposed body found in Lake Kegonsa State Park in Stoughton on Monday evening.

Stanley says the body is an adult male, probably in his 30s or 40s, and not white.

It is too early for Stanley to determine the cause of death, but he says he believes the body has been in the woods for “months,” but less than a year.

Starting Tuesday at daybreak, investigators from the Coroner’s office and Dane County Sheriff’s office began combing the woods near the body for evidence.

“There is some other evidence in there, but we haven’t been able to get to a point where we can move the body,” said Stanely.

The coroner plans to submit DNA samples to the national database of meeting persons as soon as he can.


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