Police investigating Blanchardville death

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Brian Gray/The Monroe Times
November 23, 2007
— The Green County Sheriff’s Department is waiting for an autopsy to provide more information into the apparent murder of a 38-year-old Blanchardville man.

Mark C. Tobin’s body was found around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday inside his residence at W7574 Highway 39 by a New Glarus acquaintance. The home is about 6 miles west of New Glarus at the intersection of Highway 39 and County J.

Green County Sheriff Randy Roderick said the cause of death has not been determined officially and he wouldn’t release information about the cause of death until an autopsy, scheduled for today in Madison, is completed.

Roderick wouldn’t say how long Tobin had been dead but did say Tobin’s family and friends hadn’t heard from him for a couple of days. Tobin’s wife, Maureen, attends college in Milwaukee and she usually spoke with him a couple of times of day, Roderick said. She was away at school for the week, he added.

Tobin’s wife contacted a friend and requested the friend check on Tobin.

Roderick said the body was found inside the home but wouldn’t specify where exactly. He said it appears the homicide took place in the home. Roderick wouldn’t say if there were signs of a struggle.

Tobin and his wife own the home and have lived there for five years. A man who lives in an attached rental property works outside of the area and hasn’t been home for the past several days, Roderick said.

There are no suspects in custody and none have been identified, Roderick said. The Sheriff’s Department is trying to establish a motive.

Roderick said he believes the murder was an isolated incident and area residents aren’t in any danger.

The Wisconsin State Crime Lab and Green County Sheriff Detectives will remain on the scene for the weekend, Roderick said.

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