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Kenosha Police searching for evidence in connection with July death

Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 17:50:09-04

KENOSHA, WI — Kenosha Police are looking for evidence in connection with a death in July near 50th Street and 52nd Avenue.

Kenosha Police and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies searched a wooded area near that area for around 12 hours Thursday.

The surrounding area is a mix of homes and industrial parks. It’s just a few blocks from the main thoroughfare of 52nd street, which connects I-94 to downtown Kenosha.

According to Kenosha Police, they’re searching the wooded area for evidence in connection with a death from last month that happened about a mile and a half away. That death reportedly took place on 45th Street, near 37th Avenue in late July.

Individuals are being interviewed in connection with the death investigation, but are not considered suspects at this time," Lt. James Beller, with the Kenosha Police Department, said.

The victim's name and cause of death have not been released.

A police dog was brought in to help with the search along with a drone that circled the area overhead. Some officers were using machetes to help get through the thick grass and branches.

“They had a drone in the air, they have a big flash light on a crane, and there were police with dogs,” said Nasser Dhaher, who lives nearby. “The whole area is closed. I asked police if we were safe? He said yes, that they were just doing some work.”

Dhaher says the search began Wednesday night.

“I’m a truck driver and got home at 4 a.m., and I thought something was going on at my house,” said Nasser Dhaher. “Thank God nothing was at my house, but seeing that kind of police response right outside is scary. I never see people in that field, except for some kids who go dirt biking sometimes.”

By Thursday afternoon the search tapered off, but the wooded area is still blocked. Kenosha Police said a police presence will remain there through the evening hours.

Lt. Beller said he cannot release information as to what police are searching for but said there is no danger to the community.