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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brittingham Park Body Badly Decomposed, Death Cause Unknown

July 21, 2011 - Madison, WI - Word on the street today says that the body of a 36 year old man found at Brittingham Park late yesterday afternoon was badly decomposed. It was so decomposed, sources tell me, that police were initially unable to determine the body's sex. None of the local media are reporting that the body was decomposed. The body, found at a shelter in the park, was found by a passerby and reported to police.

The decomposition report has not been confirmed, but if true it raises a disturbing question: Why did it take so long for the body to be discovered, and why aren't such public park shelters regularly checked on by police or city employees at least once daily?

The Homeless Patriot beat all of the local media outlets (and bloggers) in reporting the discovery of the body yesterday. I reported at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday that "Reports are circulating that a body was found a Brittingham Park this afternoon. Brittingham Park is on the northwestern shore of Monona Bay." Now,

WKOW TV reported the story online at 7:43 p.m., three minutes after the Homeless Patriot posted their report. WISC TV did not report the story online until 8:04 p.m.

It was not until today at 10:45 a.m. that the Cap Times newspaper reported the story. They are reporting that the body is that of an unidentified man, age 36. Police have not yet said what the cause of death is, but the Homeless Patriot reports today in an update that the body was badly decomposed, making initial determination of sex difficult.

If you have information that could help the investigation, call Madison police at 608-266-4924.

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