Authorities searching pond near Halderson home as investigation continues

WINDSOR, Wis. — The Dane County Sheriff’s office is searching a pond near the home of a missing couple in Windsor as the investigation into what happened to Bart and Krista Halderson continues.

The sheriff’s office tweeted an update Thursday morning, saying they were searching a pond along with officials from the Wisconsin DNR and the Madison Police Department.

Authorities didn’t specify what led them to search the pond, but they did say they’ll be there as long as it takes to find evidence related to the case. They went on to say a cadaver dog marked an area in the pond for divers to search.

“That’s what we’re searching in a very methodical way to ensure that if there’s anything of evidentiary value in this area that we will find it,” Sheriff Kalvin Barrett said.

In addition to pumping water out of the pond crews have also opened a dam in the area, draining water into the nearby Yahara river, lowering the the water level to make the search easier for divers.

The search comes as authorities are still investigating the murder of Bart Halderson and the disappearance of Krista Halderson. The couple’s son, Chandler, is currently being held in the Dane County Jail on a $1 million bond for the murder and mutilation of his father’s body. Parts of Bart Halderson’s body were found earlier this month near Cottage Grove before the medical examiner confirmed it was him.

As for Krista Halderson Sheriff Barrett didn’t indicate whether search efforts for the missing woman would focus on rescue or recovery.

“We’re just following all of the leads from the investigation and we’ll let that take us were we need to be in regards to her whereabouts,” he said. “We are still going to do everything we can from top to bottom to investigate all leads all tips that come through to ensure that we do bring that peace and closure.”

More human remains were later found near DNR land along the Wisconsin River in the Town of Roxbury, but they have not yet been identified.

Authorities have continued an extensive search of the couples’ home since they were first reported missing at the start of July. Another search is also ongoing at the Waste Management landfill in Johnson Creek.

The sheriff’s office says it will work to drain the pond to a depth of 5 feet while they search that area.

“We want to continually remind the public to reach out to our investigators if they have any information that could be helpful to this investigation,” Barrett said in a statement.

Anyone with tips or information can contact the Dane County tip line at (608) 284-6900.