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UPDATE: Family identifies homicide victim in Madison

MADISON (WKOW) -- Police are looking for the person who killed a 31-year old woman in her east side apartment.  The Wisconsin State Journal reports family members say the victim was Jennifer Boyce, a state epidemiologist.

Her body was found on the far east side at around 10:30 Thursday morning. Officers were called to the Prairie Stone Commons apartments on the 6800 block of Milwaukee Street.

Police have confirmed that someone broke into that woman's apartment, crawling up the wall in order to smash a glass door. They don't know if the victim knew her attacker or not. That's why police are urging everyone in the area to lock their doors and be on alert.

As dozens of officers, detectives and forensics experts search for clues, neighbors are stunned by all the commotion.

"Just a tab bit disturbed. I mean when you go live in a place you don't obviously expect something like this to happen," says nearby neighbor David Pritchett.

A relatively new complex, most residents have only lived here a short time. Built on the far east side, it's barely within the city limits.

"That's why we liked it out here because it was so quiet and secluded and now this happens and I'm like, what's going on with Madison?" concerned neighbor Joshua Page asks.

Neighbors say they had no clue, no warning sign that something like this would ever happen close to home. Police say that to their knowledge there were no previous calls to that area.

The only suspicions were a few strange noises the next door neighbors heard just after midnight. The sound of high pitch crying or laughing and a loud thud like something hit the adjacent wall. Other neighbors recall hearing an alarm clock ringing for hours, but aren't sure if it came from the victim's apartment.

"It's uneasy," Page says. "We're kind of shook up about it."

Madison Police Spokesman Joel DeSpain says officers are pursuing several leads attempting to find a suspect in the case. At this time they're still trying to find a motive. Burglary does not appear to be the suspect's reason for breaking in.

"We don't have information to say either way that this was either a stranger or someone who knew this person. We're still processing the scene," DeSpain explains.

According to court records, Jennifer Boyce was due in court Friday morning to finalize a divorce from her husband, Bernard Grosso. No word yet on when or how she died. The Dane County Medical Examiner is working to find out.

Late Thursday night, police responded to a tactical incident at Boyce's former home. Around 10 p.m. on Thursday, the Madison Police Department executed a search warrant in the 3800 block of Atwood Avenue in Madison. The action was part of the ongoing homicide investigation.

Investigators plan to release more information Friday morning.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police announce Thursday afternoon they are working their first homicide case of 2013.

Police say a woman was found dead inside her apartment in the 6800 block of Milwaukee St. around 10:35 a.m. Thursday and that there were signs of forced entry into the home.

The incident report on the Madison Police web site also says details regarding the specifics of the case are not being released at this time, and that the Dane County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and release the name of the victim once next of kin are notified.

Madison Police are asking anyone who might have any information about what happened to make an anonymous tip to Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014. Callers may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.


MADISON (WKOW) -- An apartment complex on Madison's far east side is the scene of what police officials say is the investigation of a woman's death.

A sliding glass door is shattered on the ground floor of the Prairie Stone Commons apartments at 6809 Milwaukee Street.

Apartment complex resident, Joshua Page, tells 27 News authorities told a relative someone broke into the apartment with the damaged door.

As evidence technicians and other officers continue to go in and out of the apartment building, a Honda Civic sedan was towed away from the scene.

27 News will continue to follow this developing story on wkow.com and on 27 News at 5, 6 and 10.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police were called to Milwaukee Street Thursday morning for a report of a body found.

Officers on scene say a woman was found deceased inside an apartment building in the 6800 block of Milwaukee Street.

No word yet on a cause of death.

Stay with wkow.com for more information on this developing story.



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