VIDEO REPORT: Body Pulled from Pond in Beloit

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 --- 3:00p.m.

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Police say the death of a Beloit woman whose body was found in a Walmart retention pond has been ruled accidental.

Beloit Police Capt. Bill Tyler says 49-year-old Michelle Lynn Burke Silbar died from multiple falls.

Silbar's body was found Saturday afternoon in the pond behind Walmart. Police reviewed surveillance video from area stores.

Tyler says Silbar fell "multiple times" and that she entered the pond on her own late Wednesday. He says she likely was impaired, although police are still waiting for toxicology results.

Tyler tells the Beloit Daily News that Silbar was known to walk around town, but police can't explain why she was in the pond area.


Information from: Beloit Daily News,

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

UPDATED: Monday, March 19, 2012 --- 8:55 a.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard

Beloit Police Captain William Tyler says police do not believe foul play was involved in the death of a 49-year-old Beloit woman whose body was found Saturday outside the Wal-Mart store.

The preliminary cause of death is that the victim died as a result of head injuries.

Police say surveillance video was crucial to them figuring out what happened in this case.

Tyler said, "I can't get into the details of everything we've seen, but all indications are there is nothing that indicates foul play at this point. There might have been some impairment on behalf of the victim."

Toxicology results are not yet available.

Tyler said, "It appears just to be a horrible, tragic situation, most likely precipitated by some behavior, some impairment. or both."


UPDATED Monday, March 19, 2012 --- 8:55 a.m.

From the Beloit Police Department:

Beloit Police continue to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 49-year-old Beloit Woman that was discovered in a retention pond area on the property of Wal-Mart, near the intersection of Cranston Road and Milwaukee Road, in Beloit late Saturday afternoon.

The victim has been identified as:
Michelle Lynn Burke Silbar
2205 Carnforth Place
Beloit, WI

The victim’s family were notified late Saturday afternoon. An autopsy was completed on Sunday morning in Madison by a forensic pathologist. Department investigators and evidence technicians attended the autopsy.

Preliminary cause of death was that the victim died as a result of head injuries.

There is no indication of foul play at this point in the investigation.

The Rock County Coroner’s office is also involved in the investigation. Toxicology results are not yet available.

Department investigators continue to look over security camera footage from the Wal-Mart store. The victim did enter the retention pond area after purchasing some items at the Wal-Mart store last week.

The victim was last been seen on WED of last week at the store and in the parking lot area. Investigators are continuing to evaluate the video to search for additional clues as to how the victim suffered the head injuries that later caused her death.

The investigation remains open and active.


UPDATED: Saturday, March 17, 2012 --- 6:58 p.m.

Release from Beloit Police Department:

The Beloit Police Department is currently conducting a death investigation that was reported on March 17, 2012 at about 2:15 p.m. A citizen walking their dog discovered the body of a female lying in the water retention pond for the Wal-Mart parking lot.

At this time, the deceased is only being described as an adult white female. Tentative identification has been made. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning where positive identification and cause of death will be determined. There were signs of trauma to the body.


Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 --- 6:50p.m.

Information from Beloit Police Department:

The body of a woman was pulled from a pond behind Walmart near Cranston Rd. in Beloit.

Saturday afternoon someone walking their dog discovered the body around 2:15pm.

We have crew headed to the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

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