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Help sought to solve suspicious death

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ANN MARIE AMES
June 13, 2012
— Rock County Sheriff's Office detectives have hit dead ends in an investigation into the suspicious death of a rural Beloit woman.

The sheriff's office in a Tuesday news release asked the public to call with information about the death of Marjorie Sands, 91. In September, Sands was found dead in her home at 2236 E. West Hart Road, Beloit. The home is northeast of Beloit in Turtle Township.


People with information that leads to an arrest in Sands' death might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 from CrimeStoppers. Sands' family also is offering a cash reward, according to the news release.


The Rock County Coroner's Office in September determined Sands' death was accidental. She died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the news release from the sheriff's office.


Days later, detectives got information that convinced them to reopen the investigation as a homicide, according to the release.


Sands' body was exhumed, and a forensic autopsy was conducted at the Dane County Medical Examiners. The autopsy revealed inconsistencies between Sands' injures and the cause of death ruling from the coroner's office, according to the release.


The pathologist ruled the death a homicide.


The investigation is ongoing. Detectives have executed at least two search warrants for DNA samples, but the leads have fizzled.


"We've run into a dead end," Capt. Todd Christiansen said. "We're asking for help."


TO CONTACT CRIMESTOPPERS

Rock County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help in an investigation into the death of 91-year-old Marjorie Sands. Sands was found dead in September in her home northeast of Beloit in Turtle Township. Police think she was murdered.


If you have information about Sands' death, police ask that you call the Rock County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (608) 757-7923; Janesville Area CrimeStoppers at (608) 756-3636 or the Greater Beloit Area CrimeStoppers at (608) 362-7463. Alternatively, you could send a text to CRIMES (274637) with the keywords "JACS" or "BACS" and your message.


Tips also can be submitted online at stopjanesvillecrime.com or gbacrimestoppers.com.


Information leading to the arrest in the homicide investigation could receive an award as large as $1,000 from CrimeStoppers. The Sands family also is offering a cash reward.


Callers can remain anonymous. CrimeStoppers does not have caller ID.



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