Authorities Investigating Homicide In Blue Mounds Area
Autopsy Shows Man Did Not Die As Result Of Crash
What began as a suspected hit-and-run accident is now being investigated as a homicide in the Mount Horeb area.
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office yesterday night said it was investigating a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash resulting in the death of a 26-year-old Blue Mounds man. The preliminary investigation indicated the victim was running southbound towards Mt. Horeb on County Highway JG just south of Bergum Rd. in the Town of Blue Mounds when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. Based on witnesses who reported seeing the victim running in the area, it is believed the incident occurred sometime between 12:45 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15th.
But preliminary autopsy results by the Dane County Medical Examiner today show the victim's death was not the result of a motor-vehicle crash. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this incident as a homicide.
Investigators continue to seek the public’s assistance with gathering any information related to this crime. Anyone in the area of CTH JG near Bergum Road in the town of Blue Mounds between the hours of 12:45 pm and 1:15 pm on Wednesday, January 15, is asked to call the Dane County Communications Center non-emergency line at 608-255-2345 or the Dane County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 608-284-6900. All callers can remain anonymous.
Detectives will spend the day speaking with residents in the area, and are seeking any video that might have been captured from businesses or home surveillance cameras.
Late Thursday, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office released the name of the homicide victim from the incident in the Town of Blue Mounds. The death was reported to authorities at 1307hrs on 01-15-2020. The decedent was discovered in the 3100 block of CTH JG. The victim is identified as Nicholas J. Day, 26, Blue Mounds, WI.
A forensic autopsy was completed at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office on 01-16-2020. Preliminary autopsy results confirm that Mr. Day’s death is the result of homicidal violence.
Additional testing is underway at this time.
This death remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.