BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Black River Falls Police Chief David Frederick says that they are now classifying the suspicious death of a woman found Sunday as a homicide and that the roommate police are looking for as officially a suspect in the case.
Frederick tells WXOW said that they've determined 34-year-old Angela Nelson's death is a homicide, but wouldn't give details on how she died until an arrest is made.
The man police say is the woman's roommate, Michael Harmon, is now a suspect in the homicide. Chief Frederick said that they consider Harmon armed and dangerous. It is believed he may be traveling with 32-year-old Billie Jo Harwick. The pair may be in a 2002 white Subaru Legacy Outback with license plate number 521-TJR.
Chief Frederick asks for the public's help in locating Harmon.
Police ask anyone who sees Harmon or has information that could aid their investigation to call the Black River Falls Police Department at (715) 284-9155. Police say not to approach him if he's seen.
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin (WXOW) - An investigation is underway after police found a woman dead in a Black River Falls residence Sunday evening.
Police want to talk with Michael Harmon, 36, the person they say was last seen with the victim. As of Monday afternoon, they don't know his whereabouts. Police are not identifying Harmon as a suspect.
"(Harmon) is a gentleman that we know and we have witnesses that have seen him with (the victim) alive Saturday evening," said Black River Falls Police Chief David Frederick.
Police are also not identifying the victim until her family is notified about the death.
Officers were called to 339 1/2 Chestnut Street around 7:00 p.m. for a welfare check Sunday night, according to Frederick. At the time, they could not get into the residency.
"It was a concerned friend of the residence," Frederick said. "Hadn't heard from her all day and asked if we could do a welfare check to see if we could determine what was wrong with the person in the house."
Police returned around 9 p.m. and walked through the home with the property owner, Terrance Duffy, Frederick said. They found the body of a woman inside the bathtub.
"I was just freaking out, like ‘no, don't tell me there's a dead body in my rental,'" Duffy said.
Duffy lives on the same property as his rental. He said Harmon and the victim lived together and were romantically involved.
The victim lived in the residency for less than two weeks, Duffy said. Harmon lived there for a little over a year.
"If I could have avoided this, and as many people would tell you, I'd be the first one to step in on something like this," he said.
According to police, the preliminary investigation indicated the woman did not die of natural causes.
The victim's body was taken to Madison for an autopsy Monday afternoon to determine the cause of death.
Based on what investigators found at the scene, police said there is no reason to believe the public is in danger at this time.
Police ask anyone who sees Harmon or has information that could aid their investigation to call the Black River Falls Police Department at (715) 284-9155.
We'll update this story on www.wxow.com as more information becomes available.