UPDATE: Authorities ID couple in murder-suicide in Town of Bristol

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 18, 2013 --- 3:37 p.m.

Authorities have identified the two people involved in a murder-suicide in the Town of Bristol.

Deputies say 53-year-old Kevin Herskind shot his wife, 52-year-old Julie Herskind, and then committed suicide by shooting himself.

Authorities say Kevin Herskind also shot and killed a dog. Another small dog and three cats were removed from the home by an Animal Control Officer Tuesday.

Deputies say it is unclear at this point what led up to the violence. The investigation is ongoing.


UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 11:50 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

Investigators hope autopsies Wednesday will explain the death of two adults in a farm house near Sun Prairie.

Before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dane County Sheriff's Dept. deputies discovered the bodies of a man and woman inside a home on County N just north of Sun Prairie. Autopsies scheduled Wednesday morning aim to determine a cause of death and whether a crime was committed.

A search of the home was prompted by an employer concerned someone did not show up for their shift. The medical examiner and other investigators were at the home Tuesday. The Sheriff's Dept. does not expect anyone else is in danger but would not speculate as to what happened until after the autopsies.

Neighbors tell NBC 15 the farm is home to a woman who grew up on the property and her husband. Investigators would not say whether the couple were the victims discovered Tuesday. Neighbors say both the man and woman (whose names NBC 15 is withholding until the deceased are identified by the medical examiner) work at the same bakery in Madison. Staff at the bakery were aware of the investigation but would not confirm whether it was their employee feared missing.


UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 7:29 p.m.

Authorities are investigating the death of an adult male and adult female in the town of Bristol.

According to a release, officials got a call for a welfare check around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at 6710 Highway N when an employer became concerned that an employee had not shown up for work as expected.

The sheriff’s office said they don’t believe neighbors are in any danger.

The medical examiner’s office plans to do autopsies Wednesday morning, officials said.

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 6:16 p.m.

TOWN OF BRISTOL, Wis. (AP) -- Two people have been found dead at a home in the Town of Bristol.

A Dane County sheriff's spokeswoman says the Dane County Crime Scene Unit was at the home Tuesday, but it was too early to call it a crime scene and the area was deemed safe.

Sheriff's deputies discovered the bodies at the home on Highway N just north of the Sun Prairie city limits around 1:30 p.m.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports deputies were sent there after one of the residents didn't show up for work and a co-worker called police.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 4:05 p.m.

Dane Co. Sheriff officials say two people have been found dead on a farm in the Town of Bristol.

The farm is along Highway N.

Authorities are not saying how the two people died, but they do tell us they do not believe anyone else is in danger.

Deputies were called about the deaths earlier this afternoon. They are not saying who made that call.

Right now it is unclear whether the two people lived at the farm.

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