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Update: Police found dead body, believed to be Weber

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Courtesy: Laura Kopp-Collins, Bluff St. resident Courtesy: Laura Kopp-Collins, Bluff St. resident
Courtesy: Laura Kopp-Collins Courtesy: Laura Kopp-Collins
Courtesy: Laura Kopp-Collins Courtesy: Laura Kopp-Collins

MADISON (WKOW) --- Madison police officials tell 27 news the body of a deceased male has been found at Hoyt Park.

They believe the man to be murder suspect Steve Weber.

The body was found with self-inflicted wound.

Officials are now letting residents back to their homes telling them the area is now safe.

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MADISON (WKOW) --- An all day search in Madison's Hoyt Park neighborhood for fugitive murder suspect Steven Weber continues, after Weber's pick up truck was found on a residential street north of the park.

Police officials said a witness spotted a person resembling Weber around the same time the truck's location was reported to police.   Authorities said the witness said the man was carrying an unidentified object.

A felony warrant issued today charges Weber with the killing of his former wife Francine Weber in Fitchburg Saturday.   In a criminal complaint accompanying the warrant, authorities state Francine Weber was found with gunshot wounds, and man driving a truck with the license plate of Weber's truck was seen leaving the scene.   The complaint also states Weber told an acquaintance he planned a "shooting rampage" to include his former wife.

Weber's brother, Greg, told 27 News he was not allowed inside a police perimeter in the Hoyt Park neighborhood, even though Weber felt he could help with any possible negotiations if Steven Weber was found.

But Greg Weber said he felt his brother will not surrender.

"He's going to be in prison the rest of his life and he won't do that.   I believe my brother's dead up in the park somewhere.   He didn't want to leave his (old) neighborhood.

The Weber family is from the Sunset Village neighborhood near Hoyt Park.

Police officials continue to advise neighborhood residents to stay in their homes.

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continues MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County prosecutors have issued a felony warrant against Steven Weber including charges of First Degree Intentional Homicide and Felony Bail Jumping

Click here to read the entire complaint online (.pdf)

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police tell 27 News fugitive and murder suspect Steven Weber has been known to be armed in the past and police are operating as if he has weapons in their manhunt in Quarry Park.

MPD spokesman Joel DeSpain tells 27 News a witness saw someone they believed was Weber walking in the near-west side neighborhood Tuesday morning, carrying an object, around the time Weber's truck was discovered near Hoyt Park.

At this time, residents are still being asked to remain inside or away from the area entirely.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police tell 27 News they are moving slowly in their search for the man suspected of killing his ex-wife over the weekend, because they are still not sure of his whereabouts.

A citizen called 911 Tuesday morning after discovering a pickup truck they believed to be Steven Weber's, north of Hoyt Park on Madison's near-west side.

Officers arrived at the scene around 10:30 a.m. and were able to confirm it is Weber's vehicle.

The SWAT team was called in and police believe Weber knows the area very well because he grew up nearby in Sunset Village. Police are not sure what happened after Weber left his truck.

Police used reverse 911 to notify residents and are asking everyone to stay away or stay inside their homes.

Hoyt School, an alternative school nearby with around 20 students and 30 staff members, is on alert. Tuesday morning, police advised them to go into lockdown but at this time, police are not sure if that happened.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The brother of fugitive and murder suspect Steven Weber says he wishes he was able to communicate with him but police are keeping him at bay.

Greg Weber spoke with 27 New's Tony Galli at the scene of the search near Quarry Park Tuesday afternoon. Weber says police will not allow him near the perimeter of their search on Madison's near-west side.

Police have expanded their search area and are blocking traffic to keep residents clear of the scene.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police tell 27 News a search is taking place right now for fugitive Steven Weber, the man suspected of killing his ex-wife over the weekend.

Police confirm Weber's vehicle has been found parked in that area but Weber himself has not been located.

The search area includes Quarry Park, a wooded area on the city's near-west side off of Stevens St.

MPD officers are blocking streets surrounding the wooded park, and are asking citizens to stay away.

Quarry Park is popular with mountain bikers and features a number of trails with rugged terrain.

Click here for a map of the search area

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