UPDATE: Madison Murder Victim Killed With "Edged Weapon"

UPDATED: Friday, January 25, 2013--10:31 p.m.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office completed a forensic autopsy for 31-year-old Jennifer Boyce on Friday, the victim at the center of a murder-suicide investigation on Madison's east side. The autopsy revealed that Boyce's death was the result of injuries from an edged weapon. Additional testing is underway at this time.

This case remains under investigation by the City of Madison Police Department and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office
UPDATED: Posted Friday, January 25, 2013--- 5:30 p.m.
By: Britni McDonald

31-year-old Jennifer Boyce was tragically found dead in her Madison home on Thursday. Questions still surround her death, but seemingly none surround her character.

"She was a great person, full of energy. Everyone that came in the store just loved her and had great things to say about her," said Kyle Larson, co-worker and owner of the East side Endurance House.

An accomplished woman, Jennifer graduated from St. Louis University with a masters degree in epidemiology. She was an assistant researcher with the School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison and worked part time at Endurance House

Jennifer completed her first iron man in 2011. A year long commitment with nine months of training wasn't enough for her. She joined the Endurance House team at their new east side location later.

But her great attitude and spirit wasn't due to lack of difficult times. Her marriage of four and a half years to 34-year-old Bernard Grosso had failed, a divorce scheduled to be finalized in court Friday morning, just a day after her murder and Grosso's alleged suicide.

"She just always assured us that he wouldn't hurt her," said Dixie Boyce, Jennifer's stepmother.

Dixie Boyce said Grosso was never physically abusive but had been psychologically abusive to Jennifer. Jennifer's father, Don, told NBC15 News on the phone today that he never wanted her to marry him.

A tragic end to a young woman's life who's legacy lives on.

Kyle Larson said, "She was great to be around, fun and funny. We love Jenny."


UPDATED: Friday, January 25, 2013 --- 4:20 p.m.
By: Barclay Pollak

Before Bernard Grosso and Jennifer Boyce separated they shared a home on the 3800 block of Atwood Avenue. Now neighbors are sharing what they know about the young pair.

Nick Riley says, " They seemed like nice people. "

Riley lives two doors down from Grosso and his estranged wife Jennifer Boyce. He says he never knew anything was wrong until last night when a police S.W.A.T team showed up in his backyard.

" It was kind of scary they had guns pointed at the neighbor's house. So I didn't exactly know what was going on but it's not something that happens everyday."

Those who live a little closer than Riley have a different picture of the couple.

" We'd heard a couple of heated arguments at night a few times. Usually you could hear Jennifer yell at him and it was only a matter of two or three times and then they were separated."

Steve Falter has lived directly behind the home since Grosso and Boyce moved in. Falter says he and Grosso would engage in small talk and help one another with snow removal. He says he never thought the fighting got physical.

" I don't think anything ever escalated that much as far as we were aware of."

Dwayne Brown also lives right next door. He was around when the break up took place. Not only was he around for the break up, but his wife went next door to console Grosso.

Brown says, " She had a heart to heart talk with him. Saying he can move on from this because there are more fish in the sea."

Brown says after the talk his wife was confident Grosso would move on his with his life. Now he says they both were fooled and you just never what a person is thinking.

The couple was scheduled to make an appearance in court for divorce proceeding.

UPDATED: Friday, January 25, 2013 --- 9:20 a.m

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police say the estranged husband of a homicide victim has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police searched the home of Bernard Grosso after 31-year-old Jennifer Boyce was found dead in an east side apartment. Boyce was due in court Friday to finalize a divorce from Grosso.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the woman suffered multiple injuries and died Wednesday morning -- a day before an apartment manager discovered her body.

DeSpain says the body of her estranged husband was found when officers conducted a search of his house overnight. Police say the case is being investigated as a murder-suicide. He says a loaded assault rifle and another firearm were recovered from the home.

Relatives say Boyce was an epidemiologist who worked for the state Division of Public Health.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

UPDATED: Friday, January 25, 2013 --- 8:55 a.m.

From the Madison Police Department:

The MPD is continuing to process two scenes following the discovery of the homicide victim yesterday morning: investigators are collecting evidence inside her residence in the 6800 block of Milwaukee St., and are also collecting evidence inside the residence of the victim’s husband which is in the 3800 block of Atwood Ave.

A search warrant was executed on the Atwood Ave. home overnight and the 34-year old husband was found deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The MPD is investigating these cases as a domestic related murder/suicide. According to court records, the couple was scheduled to have a divorce hearing in the Dane County Courthouse this morning.

The Dane County Medical Examiner will be conducting autopsies today on both the victim and o suspect. It is up to the Medical Examiner to release names of the deceased, as well as the official cause and manner of their deaths.

There is not believed to be any ongoing threat to the community.

UPDATED: Friday, January 25, 2013 -- 7:24

Thursday night Madison Police executed a search warrant at a house located at 3802 Atwood Avenue. It's the same address where the homicide victim, Jennifer Boyce, used to live with her husband, Bernard Grosso. According to court records, Boyce and Grosso lived in the house up until at least March 2012.

On Thursday night the windows at the front door and basement were broken at the house on Atwood Avenue. Police haven't said what happened, what they were looking for, or whether anyone is in custody at this time. Police are expected to release new information on the investigation Friday morning.

UPDATED: Friday, January 25, 2013 -- 1:10 a.m.

Madison Police say at approximately 10pm, the MPD executed a search warrant in the 3800 block of Atwood Avenue in the City of Madison. This action was part of the ongoing Homicide Investigation. MPD expects to release further details Friday morning.

The MPD is seeking information citizens might have that could help in this investigation. Tips can be anonymously provided to Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014. Callers may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
UPDATED Thursday, January 24, 2013 --- 11:10 p.m.

In a phone interview with the victims stepmother...

The victim's stepmother, Dixie Boyce, identified the woman murdered in her apartment on Milwaukee Street as her stepdaughter, 31 year old Jennifer Carter Boyce. She worked as an epidemiologist at the State Division of Public Health. She also works part time at Endurance House. Jennifer was an only child. Boyce was due in court tomorrow morning to finalize a divorce from her husband Bernard Grosso.

UPDATED Thursday, January 24, 2013 --- 6:36 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police are treating a woman's death as a homicide.

The woman in her 30s was found dead in her apartment on Madison's far east side Thursday morning.

A police spokesman says there were signs someone broke into the apartment.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports a first-floor patio door was shattered.

According to the 911 center, a real estate agent reported finding the body.

Police have made no arrests. No other details were released.

It's Madison's first homicide of 2013.


UPDATED Thursday, January 24, 2013 --- 3:28 p.m.

Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Murder/Homicide

Incident Date: 01/24/2013 - 10:35 AM

Address: 6800 block Milwaukee St.

Victim: Female, 30’s, Madison

Details: The Madison Police Department is investigating a homicide, the first in the city this year.

A woman, in her 30’s, was found deceased inside her apartment in the 6800 block of Milwaukee St. around 10:35 a.m. this morning. There were signs of forced entry into the residence. Details regarding the specifics of the case are not being released at this time.

The Dane County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, and will release the name of the victim, once next of kin are notified.

The MPD is seeking information citizens might have that could help in this investigation. Tips can be anonymously provided to Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014. Callers may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.


Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013 --- 12:40 p.m.

Madison Police say a death investigation is underway on the city's east side.

A woman was found dead in an apartment in the 6800 block of Milwaukee Street.

At this time, police are not releasing any other information. Stay with NBC15 News and nbc15.com for the latest information.

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