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UPDATE: Victim in Madison homicide identified by family, suspect was injured in Tuesday car fire

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UPDATE (WKOW)-- The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office has yet to reveal her name, but family members tell 27 News the victim of Madison's 2nd homicide of the year is 24-year-old Christina Hatcher.

Family members say Hatcher is originally from Ohio and has only lived in the Madison area a few years. According to her Facebook profile she was working at Applebee's in Madison. Police say she had only been living at her apartment in the 2500 block of Calypso Road for a few weeks

Her grandparents, who are still living in Ohio, tell 27 News, Hatcher was thinking about breaking up with her 39-year-old boyfriend, who is the sole suspect in her death.

"We do not have enough to arrest him for this homicide at this time," Madison Police Spokesman Joel DeSpain says.

DeSpain says the suspect is currently recovering at a burn unit in Madison after being involved in a car fire Tuesday afternoon near the soccer fields at Reindahl Park in Madison. Police say the burned car belonged to Hatcher.

"Our understanding is that they moved into this residence on Calypso just a few weeks ago and as we look at our records we can't find any prior calls of domestic violence involving these two people," DeSpain explains.

Police responded to the fire Tuesday afternoon to assist firefighters, but didn't know at the time the victim would ultimately end up being their sole suspect in a homicide case.

It wasn't until Wednesday morning when they found Hatcher's body inside her home in the 2500 block of Calypso Drive that officers made the connection.
"At this point we can't rule out that this person was trying to take his life, that this was an attempted suicide. We don't know that yet," DeSpain says.

27 News asked Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis if the fire seemed suspicious or if accelerants were used to get it started.

"The investigation is still ongoing and at this point the investigators have not ruled on a cause yet," Davis says.



UPDATE (WKOW) -- The suspect in the homicide of a woman found dead Wednesday morning has been in the hospital since Tuesday after being burned in a car fire.

Madison Police say they were dispatched around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday to help Madison Fire following reports that a vehicle was engulfed in flames near soccer fields at Reindahl Park on Portage Road.

The suspect was being treated by paramedics and about to be transported to a burn unit when police officers arrived.

The car belonged to the victim, his 24-year-old girlfriend.

Police say the investigations into the homicide and the car fire are ongoing.

The suspect has not yet been arrested in the homicide and is being guarded at a hospital.

The victim was found dead inside an apartment at 2501 Calypso Road just after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.


UPDATE (WKOW)-- Madison Police are investigating the city's second homicide of 2016.

According to Chief Mike Koval the body of a 24-year-old woman was found inside an apartment at 2501 Calypso Road just after 9 Wednesday morning. Responding officers were performing a welfare check.

“A concerned family member had notified police through the 911 center that they were concerned that loved one who typically called, texted or checked in had not done so,” Koval said.

Chief Koval says the victim's 39-year-old live-in boyfriend is now in custody and considered person of interest in this case, and there is no ongoing threat to the public.

“Right now we are in fact certain that there is no on going menace to the city,” Koval said.

Police are investigating whether or not there was a history of domestic violence. Meanwhile Koval says in fact most of the homicides in Dane County over the last decade are domestic-related.

“It's one of the reasons why when we teach our officers to do extensive work on domestic violence responses, we literally look at those calls as murder prevention or homicide prevention,” Koval said.

Investigators are currently working to determine when and how woman died.

Police have not released the names of the victim or the person of interest.

MADISON (WKOW) --- Madison Police say they are investigating the second homicide in 2016.

Police were called to the 2500 block of Calypso Drive for a check welfare.  A family member was concerned about this person not calling them.  That is when police found the woman dead in her home.

Chief Mike Koval says that the incident is a domestic incident and they are still investigating a time of death.

This crime is not random, Koval says.   Koval says that a 39-year-old man is being detained at this time in the case.

We will update this story as we learn more here and on 27 News at 5.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police are investigating the death of a woman.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval plans to address the investigation at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. You can watch that news conference here.

Shortly after 9:00 Wednesday morning, a family member called police asking for a welfare check of a woman in her 20's on Calypso Road.  When they arrived, the woman was found deceased inside her apartment.

The woman's name or manner of death has been released.

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