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UPDATE: Madison police investigate double homicide

David Hoem / Photo from Dane County Jail Records David Hoem / Photo from Dane County Jail Records

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department has detained 28-year old David Hoem as a suspect in connection to a double homicide that they believe happened Tuesday evening.

Police found the bodies of two young boys, ages three and four, in a gray Volvo that had been abandoned in a parking lot on the east side of the city at approximately 2:39 a.m. Wednesday.

But Police Chief Noble Wray says this story begins several days earlier.

"This is a case that began with domestic violence between the suspect and the boys' mother," said Wray.  "It ended with the victims found inside a parked car early this morning."

According to police, the victims' mother, a 22-year-old Madison woman, had reported shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday that she had a violent encounter with her boyfriend, David Hoem, on Monday.

At that time she was not in possession of her children. Instead, the biological father, no longer with the 22-year-old mother, had the two boys.

Police report that around the same time the mother reported a domestic incident, David Hoem went picked up the two children from the biological father.  They say this exchange, in which Hoem served as a liaison between the children's biological parents, was not uncommon.

"The boyfriend indicated to the father he was taking them to the east side of Madison to meet with the mother's family members and to go shoe shopping," said MPD Capt. Joe Balles.

It was not until 5 p.m. that the mother learned Hoem was in possession of the children. Less than an hour later, the mother contacted the MPD for the second time that day - this time to inform them she was not sure where Hoem had taken the children. 

However, police did not issue an Amber Alert, because "had no reason to believe at 6 o'clock the children were in jeopardy."

Video surveillance shows that the gray Volvo Hoem had allegedly driven entered the Covance Clinical Research Facility parking lot around 7 p.m. 

At 12:47 a.m. Hoem turned himself into police for a parole violation, at the urging of another woman, whom police would not identify. Police say he did not mention the whereabouts of the children. 

At 2:39 a.m., officers located the gray vehicle in the Covance parking lot. 

"Upon forcing entry into the vehicle, the officer discovered the bodies of the three and four-year old brothers," said Capt. Balles.

The investigation is ongoing. Police are not sure if the biological father of the children was aware of a domestic incident had recently occurred between the mother of the children and her boyfriend, Hoem.

Police said the 22-year mother was "doing badly" on Wednesday.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department is investigating a double homicide on the city's east side.

Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says two boys, ages 3 and 4, were found dead early Wednesday morning inside a parked car near a business. Madison police officers have cordoned off a portion of the parking lot of a private research firm. That company is Covance at 3402 Kinsman Blvd.

Crime scene tape prevents access to a portion of the grounds of the clinical research unit.

Department of Transportation worker, Richard Tracy told 27 News police surrounded a Sedan in the Covance facility parking lot early this morning. Tracy said the car was towed away.

Covance employee Karen Laidlaw told 27 News the car was at a facility where testing of drug products is carried out. Laidlaw said at any given time, 30 to 40 subjects of drug studies live on-site. Laidlaw said the facility grounds are monitored by a private security firm.

A staff person with Covance headquarters declined any comment when contacted by 27 News. A Covance spokesperson did release a statement late Wednesday morning stating there is no connection between Covance and the vehicle police found, as well as no connection with Covance and the person of interest in the case. Covance says they are cooperating with police on the investigation.

DeSpain says a 28-year-old man has been detained as a person of interest in the deaths. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, police said David Hoem is the live-in boyfriend of the boys' mother.

Police say Hoem turned himself in after midnight Wednesday. At 2:35 a.m., a Madison police officer located the vehicle it was believed Hoem was driving and found the bodies of the two young boys.

Police say Hoem has a lengthy criminal history including felony False Imprisonment, felony 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and felony Battery by Prisoners.

Stay with www.wkow.com for the latest on this developing story.

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