Janesville mothers' deaths still under investigation

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) - Twenty detectives and officers are investigating the shooting deaths of two Janesville women early Monday morning, Police Chief David Moore said during a late afternoon news conference. So far, though they have not determined a motive and are still working to identify a suspect.

The Janesville Police Department investigating a scene on Midvale Drive, on February 10, 2020. (WMTV/Amelia Jones)

The Janesville Police Department has not released the victims’ names. Moore did say they were both friends and mothers from Janesville, one of whom was 30-years-old, while the other was 27. He noted that not all of the families have been contacted at this time and the police department will provide an update on their identities at this time.

In what Moore described as “a particularly violent scene,” officers found the women around 3:20 a.m. suffering from gunshot wounds near Midvale Drive and Deerfield Drive, just off of I-39/90. They were both taken to Mercy Hospital where they later died.

Investigators determined the women were at the nearby TA Travel Center around 2 a.m., less than 90 minutes before police received a 911 call about gunfire. At the time, they were traveling in a vehicle belonging to one of the victims. The vehicle was gone by the time officers arrived and was later discovered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, approximately 80 miles away.

The police department’s investigation closed Midvale Drive for hours Monday morning, but officers remained on the scene for hours, searching the scene, going so far as using rakes to comb through the recent snowfall to look for clues.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Rock Co. Communcations at 608-757-2244, Crimestoppers at 608-755-3636 or submit a tip on your smartphone using the FREE P3 tips app by Anderson Software.




The Janesville Police Department investigating a scene on Midvale Drive, on February 10, 2020. (WMTV/Amelia Jones)
The Janesville Police Department investigating a scene on Midvale Drive, on February 10, 2020. (WMTV/Amelia Jones)
The Janesville Police Department investigating a scene on Midvale Drive, on February 10, 2020. (WMTV/Amelia Jones)