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UPDATE: Authorities looking for help in Mazomanie homicide

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff's Office says Phillip Byrd is now officially a murder suspect in the shooting death of Cheryl Gilberg. She was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head at her Mazomanie home the evening of Sunday, February 23rd.

The 39-year-old Byrd, from Janesville, has remained in Rock County jail since he was taken into custody on other charges the morning after Gilberg, 43, was found dead.

Sheriff Dave Mahoney again stated his detectives have conducted hundreds of interviews and collected several pieces of evidence. But they're looking for more items missing from Gilberg's home that could be evidence, particularly a Charter Arms Pink Lady .38 caliber revolver. Sheriff Mahoney confirmed the gun is what they were looking for late last week, when deputies canvassed an area along Highway 14 near Black Earth.

"We're asking that anyone who may find or come across this type of hand gun is asked to not handle the weapon, but to call the sheriff's office so we can send a deputy out to retrieve it," Mahoney says.

Detectives can't tell for sure if the gun was used in the murder. They are still waiting for further forensic testing to reveal what caliber bullet killed Gilberg. They think the gun may have been thrown from a vehicle leaving Mazomanie the day of the shooting.

"Detectives are looking to speak with anyone who saw a black SUV parked along Highway 14 between Mazomanie and Middleton anytime on Sunday February 23rd," Mahoney explains.

Along Highway 14 is a popular snowmobile trail that has re-opened after the recent snowfall. Sheriff Mahoney is asking snowmobilers to be on the lookout for the gun and any other evidence in the case.

"We need people to leave it where it's at, protect it and call 911 to have a deputy respond," Mahone says.

The Sheriff's Office is also asking anyone who had contact with Gilberg or Byrd the weekend of February 21-23, to please call the sheriff's office tip line at 608-284-6900, even if the contact seemed insignificant.

 

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff's Office says Phillip Byrd is now officially a murder suspect in the shooting death of Cheryl Gilberg at her Mazomanie home the evening of Sunday, February 23rd, but the office is still looking for additional information from the public.

The 39-year-old Byrd, from Janesville, has remained in jail since he was taken into custody on other charges the morning after Gilberg, 43, was found dead in her Scott Street home.

Sheriff Dave Mahoney again stated his detectives have conducted hundreds of interviews and collected several pieces of evidence. But they're looking for more items missing from Gilberg's home that could be evidence, particularly a Charter Arms Pink Lady .38 caliber revolver. Sheriff Mahoney confirmed the gun is what they were looking for late last week, when deputies canvassed an area along Highway 14 near Black Earth.

Anyone who locates this handgun or any other item that could potentially be evidence in this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office immediately.  Do not pick up or move any items, as that may interfere with the investigation.

Plus, detectives want to speak with anyone who saw a black SUV parked along Highway 14 between Mazomanie and Middleton on Sunday, February 23rd.  Or saw someone in a black SUV discard something along that stretch of highway.

The Sheriff's Office is also asking anyone who had contact with Gilberg or Byrd the weekend of February 21-23, to please call the sheriff's office tip line at 608-284-6900, even if the contact seemed insignificant.





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