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Janesville police say female found near Rock River was murdered

UPDATED Tuesday, May 6, 2014 ---

Janesville Police have identified the body found Monday as Britney Cross. Clayton Courtney is the lone suspect in the case.

Cross died from blunt force trauma to the head. Police say she is an acquaintance of Courtney.

Police want to know where Britney Cross was between May 2nd and May 5th, and ask anyone with information to call authorities.

Police also want to know the whereabouts of a truck between May 1st and May 5th. To view pictures of the truck, click on the “View Gallery” button above the video player.

Call the Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 756-3636 or the Janesville Police Department at (608) 755-3100 if you have information.

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 6, 2014 ---

Janesville police say a young woman found dead Monday Morning near the Rock River was a victim of homicide.  21-year-old Britney Cross was from the Edgerton area and died from a blunt impact injury to her head.

Police want to know where Britney Cross was between May 2nd and May 5th, and ask anyone with information to call authorities.

Britney’s family says she was friends with Clayton Courtney. He is already charged with attempted homicide from a Sunday incident. In that case police say he stabbed his best friend.

Britney’s family says she went to hang out with Courtney on Sunday and never returned.  

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Police in Janesville have discovered a dead woman near the Rock River and are investigating whether a man arrested in an apartment stabbing is responsible.

Police said in a statement Monday that officers were called to an apartment on Sunday evening to investigate reports of a stabbing. They discovered a 28-year-old man had suffered a near fatal stab wound.

They caught another 28-year-old man as he tried to flee from the scene. That man apparently said he had killed three people earlier that night and had told others he was going to drink and do drugs with a woman under a bridge.

Officers searched the area around the bridge early Monday morning and discovered a dead woman several behind a former furniture store. Authorities haven't released her name.

Police also aren't ruling out that Courtney may have involvement in the disappearance of a 75 year old Janesville woman, who was last seen on Friday night.   Her water bottle was found not far from the scene of the discovery of the younger female's body. 

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UPDATED Monday, May 5, 2014 ---

Janesville Police say the body found near the Rock River early Monday morning is that of a woman, and they are investigating to see if the death is connected to Clayton Courtney.

Courtney is in custody in an attempted homicide investigation.

Police say Courtney said he killed three people Sunday. Officers are investigating to see if the body discovered near the river is connected.

Courtney was allegedly doing drugs with a female friend near the river. That's where police found the body .

Police say if they take Courtney at his word, there may be two additional victims.

Officers ask the public to call authorities if they have any information or have seen anything suspicious.

Officers say the body does not appear to be that of missing person Mary Coulthard. Police say it appears to be someone much younger.

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A 28 year old Janesville man is jailed on an attempted murder charge after police say he nearly stabbed his roommate to death. The victim awoke Sunday night to find Clayton Courtney in a violent rage in the kitchen of the apartment in the 1600 block of North Pontiac Drive. The victim, also 28, was stabbed multiple times in the upper back and chest and is hospitalized. A 32 year old woman and two children, who were sleeping during the incident, were not injured. Police say Courtney also tried to set the victim's car on fire.

 

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