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State helps in Green County homicide

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
November 25, 2007

State investigators are helping with a Green County homicide case in part because the killer might be from outside the county, the Green County sheriff said Saturday.


Sheriff Randy Roderick said the state Department of Criminal Investigations can be helpful when the perpetrators are from outside the local department’s jurisdiction.


Roderick would not say why investigators are looking outside the area. He said investigators have not ruled out the possibility the killer or killers could be local people.


There were still no suspects or motive established in the killing of Mark C. Tobin, 38, Roderick said. Tobin’s body was found Wednesday at his rural residence west of New Glarus.


Roderick repeated his earlier statement that he doesn’t believe residents in the area are in danger from the killer or killers. He would not say why he believes that because, he said, doing so could jeopardize the investigation.


Roderick did say the death was “the result of a violent act,” based on preliminary autopsy results and investigation of the crime scene.


Roderick would not say what kind of weapon was used.


“It will be several weeks before the final autopsy results are available, as the exact cause of death has not been determined,” according to a sheriff’s department news release.


An acquaintance found Tobin’s body at his residence at W7574 Highway 39 on Wednesday afternoon. The residence is in York Township, in the northwest corner of the county.


Investigators are expected to continue processing evidence at the scene for several more days, Roderick said.


Tobin was a self-employed carpenter who lived at the residence for about five years, Roderick said. His wife, who was going to school in the Milwaukee area, asked a friend to check on Tobin because she hadn’t heard from him.


The sheriff’s department has not set up a hot line, but anyone with information may call the department’s main number, (608) 328-9400.



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