Sheriff: Human remains found in rural Dane Co., won’t speculate if it’s missing couple

MADISON, Wis. — Authorities say they found human remains Thursday at a rural Dane County property while investigating a missing couple from Windsor.

Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett said he won’t speculate on whether or not the remains belong to the missing couple. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on the remains over the weekend, according to a news release.

Bart and Krista Halderson, 50 and 53, were last seen at their home Thursday, July 1.

“The members of Dane County Sheriff’s Office first want to extend our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Bart and Krista Halderson,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “This has been a trying and emotional time and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office is doing everything we can to bring closure and justice to this investigation.”

The couple’s son, 23-year-old Chandler Halderson, said the couple left for a Fourth of July weekend trip to Langlade County before 6 a.m. on Friday, July 2. Halderson has since been taken into custody for providing law enforcement with false information on his parents’ whereabouts. On Friday, police declined to say how much of the initial report is still believed to be true.

In an interview with News 3 Now, Halderson said his parents were picked up by friends the morning of July 2, but authorities said they believed their disappearance is suspicious.

“Our family would like to thank everyone for their support through this difficult situation, it means a lot to us,” members of the Halderson family said in a release shared by the Sheriff’s Office. “We continue to ask for anyone’s assistance who may have information on the whereabouts of Bart and Krista. We have strong hopes for the best outcome possible.”

We want to offer our thoughts and prayers to the family,” said Village of Windsor President Bob Wipperfurth. “The Village of Windsor partners with Dane County Law enforcement. We appreciate the relationship that we have. We hope to have this come to a speedy conclusion.”

Anyone with information about their location is asked to contact the Dane County Communication Center or the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line.