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UPDATE: Medical Examiner's Office says Madison woman murdered with edged weapon

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office says autopsy results show the Madison woman murdered Thursday died as a result of injuries from an edged weapon.

Officials confirmed the victim is 31-year-old Jennifer Boyce of Madison.

A forensic autopsy was completed Friday. Officials say additional testing is underway.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The stepmother of a Madison woman murdered Thursday said she and family members worried when her stepdaughter informed them last month the woman's estranged husband had acquired a gun.

Dixie Boyce of Ballwin, Mo. identifies her stepdaughter, Jennifer Boyce, as the victim of what Madison police officials say was a homicide Thursday. The Dane County medical examiner has yet to release the name of the victim. Madison police officials have not disclosed the cause of Boyce's death, but said a man identified by Boyce's family members as Boyce's husband, 34-year old Bernard Grosso, was found dead at his Atwood Avenue home hours after the discovery of his estranged wife's body. Police officials say Grosso died of an apparent, self-inflicted gun shot wound and say the 31-year old Boyce's death was the possible outcome of a murder-suicide.

Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain says a loaded assault rifle and a shotgun were found at Grosso's home.

Dixie Boyce tells 27 News she worried about Jennifer Boyce's well being during her pending divorce from Grosso, but says Grosso made no threats of violence against Boyce.

"We asked her over and over and over, and she said she did not believe he would hurt her physically," Boyce tells 27 News.

Grosso and Boyce's divorce was scheduled to be finalized in Dane County Court Friday. DeSpain says there's no record of police contact with the couple to indicate friction or threats, and court records reflect no restraining orders.

The sliding glass door of the patio of Boyce's Milwaukee Street apartment was shattered and police officials says someone forced their way into the unit. Authorities say Boyce's body was found at 10:35 a.m. Thursday.

"He got a gun, while she was still living at home (with husband)," Dixie Boyce tells 27 News. "But she didn't tell us that until this past Christmas."

"We knew he was very verbally abusive, but we didn't think he would kill her," Dixie Boyce says.

Virent Inc. spokesperson Mary Blanchard tells 27 News Grosso was employed by the Madison-based company. In an online listing, Grosso states he was a scientific analyst.

Boyce was an epidemiologist with the state department of health services, who also had an appointment as an associate researcher with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.   Dixie Boyce says her stepdaughter received a master's degree from St. Louis University.

Jennifer Boyce completed her first Ironman triathlon on her birthday in 2011, was avid about fitness, and worked part-time for Endurance House near East Towne Mall. "She was full of energy, people loved to work with her," Endurance House owner Kyle Larson tells 27 News.

Larson says Boyce helped new, aspiring triathletes. Endurance House's Facebook page includes a photos of Boyce before training runs, and above a store display, a poster includes Boyce before a triathlon, with her race number written on her arm.

"Jennifer was just terrific," Dixie Boyce says.

"It's been a surreal twenty four hours, and I think we're still coming to grips with it," Larson tells 27 News. "(We) Can't even put our arms around the emotions that we're having."


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police say a man was found dead inside a home on the 3800 block of Atwood Avenue that was the target in a tactical situation early Friday morning, and that they this death is related to Thursday's homicide in East Madison.

Police say they searched the home overnight and the 34-year-old man was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say he is the husband of the woman found dead in a residence on the 6800 block of Milwaukee Street on Thursday. They are investigating their deaths as a domestic-related murder/suicide.

Police say court records show the couple was scheduled to have a divorce hearing in the Dane County Courthouse this morning.

Officers continue to investigate and collect evidence at both homes.

The Dane County Medical Examiner will be conducting autopsies today on both the victim and the suspect, and police say the medical examiner will release names of the deceased as well as the official cause and manner of their deaths.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Late Thursday night police responded to a tactical incident at the former home of a homicide victim.

Madison police officials say they were called to the 3800 block of Atwood Avenue around 10 p.m. Thursday for a tactical incident. Police say the incident was resolved sometime after 11 p.m., but had no comment on whether an arrest was made. Officers put up crime tape around 3802 Atwood Ave. and investigators entered the home as part of the investigation.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office confirms its bomb squad was called to help on Atwood Avenue. Police officers say the tactical response was not bomb-related.

Authorities say there is no danger to the public.

Police are in the middle of an investigation into the murder of a 31-year-old woman at an apartment on Milwaukee St. on the city's east side. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that, according to family members, the victim is Jennifer Boyce.

Court records show Jennifer Boyce, then Jennifer Grosso, used to live at 3802 Atwood Avenue with her husband Bernard Grosso. Records show the two filed a joint petition for divorce in March of 2012. The two were due in court for a divorce hearing on Friday.

Madison police say the tactical incident was part of the ongoing homicide investigation.

They will release more details Friday morning.

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