A decaying corpse found at a Madison area state park is that of a man in his 30s or 40s. But that's about all Dane County Coroner John Stanley could determine Tuesday from preliminary forensic findings. Stanley says the man likely is non-Caucasian, but a positive identification may take months of DNA and dental testing since the remains are skeletal.
A park ranger discovered the clothed body in a wooded area near a hiking trail at Lake Kegonsa State Park on Monday, and an evidence search of the area was conducted on Tuesday. Investigators have not determined whether the death was due to foul play, but Stanley believes the body has been there up to a year by the rate of decomposition. Stanley says a forensic anthropologist, a forensic entomologist, a dental expert and others are evaluating the body and the site for clues.