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UPDATE: Officials work to positively identify remains found at Evansville home


EVANSVILLE (WKOW) -- After two days of searching, Rock County Sheriff's investigators say they found evidence of human remains in a fire pit outside the home of 29-year-old Nathan Middleton.

"As of last night, late in the evening, I received a call from the coroner's office, who in turn had received a call from the crime lab, and they confirmed the bone fragments that we did send up to the crime lab were in fact human remains and were in fact from a female," said Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden. 

Sheriff Spoden says he believes that female is 18-year-old Aprina Paul.

"Tomorrow, what we'll be doing is, we'll be contacting some of the area labs that can possibly run some different tests to make either a DNA determination or some other type of determination as to a positive ID," said Spoden.

Aprina Paul has been missing since getting into the car of an unknown man outside of her home on King James Way in Fitchburg last Sunday night. 

Alice Larrue, Paul's mother, tells 27 News that Rock County Sheriff's investigators told her that Aprina recently responded to an ad Middleton had placed on Craiglist about "partying."

"At this time I can't really comment on that," said Spoden.  "I can tell you that we've had discussions with him."

Neighbors who live directly behind Middleton say he had been burning what they assumed was yard brush for five straight days.

"There was a fire going on from when we got home on Monday at 4:15 (p.m.) and then for most of the week," said Stacy Wagner, a neighbor.

Meanwhile, Nathan Middleton remains in the Rock County Jail on an unrelated probation violation while investigators continue to review the case.


EVANSVILLE (WKOW) -- Rock County Sheriff's Office confirms they seized evidence, including bone fragments, from a house on Highway 14 near Evansville.

The bone fragments were found in a burn pit.  Tests reveal the fragments were female human remains.  Further tests are necessary to determine the identity of the deceased.

Police say Nathan Middleton, the occupant of the Evansville home, remains in custody at the Rock County Jail on a probation hold.  Middleton has not been charged in this investigation.

This incident is still under investigation. 


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