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Name released of 97-year-old Janesville woman whose death remains under investigation

The person of interest remains in custody.
The Rock Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an older woman who was discovered...
The Rock Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an older woman who was discovered in a garage on Monday, June 14.(WMTV-TV)
Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 11:19 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 12:55 PM CDT
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TOWN OF CENTER, Wis. (WMTV) - The person of interest in a “complex violent death investigation” in the Town of Center remains behind bars on an unrelated charge as authorities assure the community there is no ongoing threat or danger, the Rock Co. Sheriff’s Office stated in a Friday morning update.

The Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the person of interest, nor any other information about the death, which was reported on Monday, June 14, adding that investigators expect to offer more details sometime next week.

Shortly after the Sheriff’s Office’s update, the Rock Co. Medical Examiner identified the victim as Kathleen Beggs. The medical examiner’s office indicated the 97-year-old Beggs was pronounced dead at the scene, but it did not say how the Janesville woman died. Additional testing is underway.

Authorities previously indicated that Beggs, the person of interest, and the person who initially contacted law enforcement were all related.

The Rock Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an older woman who was discovered...
The Rock Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an older woman who was discovered in a garage on Monday, June 14.(WMTV-TV)

On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office reported its deputies to a home in the 11100 block of W. Mineral Point Rd. around 5:30 a.m. after receiving the 911 call from the person who found Beggs. The caller was still on scene when deputies arrived as was the person of interest, who was inside the home when authorities arrived.

Beggs was discovered in the garage. At the time, they described the case as a “complex violent death investigation” and did not offer any indications how she died or how the person of interest may have been involved.

On Monday, NBC15 asked a Rock County Sheriff Commander to clarify the language “complex violent death investigation,” but he was unable to provide more information.

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