A jogger discovered two bodies in the university's arboretum early Tuesday morning

By Ashley Boucher
March 31, 2020 07:22 PM
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Credit: John Hart/AP

Two people were discovered in a ditch at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s arboretum early on Tuesday morning. Both have died.

A jogger was running through the arboretum, which lies south of the main campus, at around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday when they saw two bodies lying in a ditch, the UW-Madison Police Department said in a press release.

The bodies were of a man and a woman. One was pronounced dead on the scene, and another died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital, police said.

UW-Madison police are asking would-be visitors to avoid the arboretum altogether, especially the entrance at Wingra Street, as the investigation into the deaths continues.

Police are currently treating the incident as a homicide investigation.

Police also noted that the two deaths are not related to a report of shots fired at the University Hospital Emergency Department on Highland Drive at around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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No one was injured in that incident, which occurred in the Emergency Department waiting room when two City of Fitchburg Police Department officers were transporting a subject for “evaluation and treatment,” according to an earlier incident report from the university police.

The subject attempted to disarm those officers while being moved to a different area of the waiting room, and “one round was fired into the ceiling of the waiting room” during the altercation. The subject was taken into custody.

Anyone with information on the arboretum homicide investigation is encouraged to notify the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014 or at http://www.p3tips.com.