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UPDATE: 43-year-old Franklin man arrested after human remains found in East Troy burn pit

UPDATE: 43-year-old Franklin man arrested after human remains found in East Troy burn pit

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EAST TROY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Bail has been set for a 43-year-old Franklin man arrested in connection to human remains discovered in a burn pit in Walworth County.

Authorities have yet to name the suspect, but said he's a business owner. Investigators also said he's connected to the disappearance of two missing people. 

On Thursday, the suspect was arrested for first degree intentional homicide.

Investigators are in the process on identifying the human remains.

Charges are pending. Bail was set at $250,000.

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Updated: 2:55 p.m. January 11, 2019

EAST TROY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Franklin Police issued a press release Friday that a 43-year-old Franklin man and business owner has been arrested for first degree homicide.

An arson investigation by Milwaukee Police led to a report of two missing people.

The suspect was arrested in connection to the disappearance of two people. Evidence led police to a farmhouse and land on County Road J in East Troy.

While executing the search warrant a burn pit was located that contained human remains. Authorities are trying to identify who the remains belong to.

Franklin Police are working with Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Milwaukee Police Department, the Town of East Troy Police Department and the Waukesha County Medical Examiners Office. 

Police say there's no danger to the public. Multiple charges are pending in multiple jurisdictions.

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Updated: 9:10 p.m. January 10, 2018

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- After much speculation, the Barron County Sheriff says the investigation in Walworth County is not connected to Jayme Closs.

By some accounts, police have been on scene of the rural farm in East Troy for more than a day.

Neighbors say officials from five law enforcement agencies first showed up at a home on Wednesday night. 

"I don't know a whole lot. It is one of those creepy houses where you never know what could be going on behind closed doors," said neighbor Clint Johnson.

Bob Kabbenhoft lives next door and didn't think anyone lived in the home that was being investigated.

"The man I believe owns it is in Florida now and it has been sitting empty for four for five years now I believe," Kabbenhoft said. 

Neighbors still don't know what to make of the situation.

"I've heard everything from drugs to a missing person whether they're alive or deceased, I guess we're just going to find out."

"This has been a pretty safe neighborhood and I'd hate to see it change."

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Updated: 4:29 p.m. January 10, 2018

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- After much speculation the Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has tweeted that the investigation is not related to Jayme Closs.

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Posted: 2:57 p.m. January 10, 2018

WALWORTH COUNTY (CBS 58) -- An active investigation is underway in Walworth County.

According to Franklin Police, an ongoing investigation led officers to Walworth County.

The Franklin Police Department issued the following statement regarding the investigation,

"Our investigation is active and ongoing and is being conducted with the assistance of the Walworth County Sheriff's Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Town of East Troy Police Department."

Police say there is no danger to the public at this time and have not released any additional information.

CBS 58 News has a crew headed to the scene and will bring updates when they become available.

Stay with CBS 58 News for more information on this developing story. 


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