Human remains found on Dane County property amid search for missing couple

DANE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- In an update in the missing persons case involving Bart and Krista Halderson, the Dane County Sheriff's Office announced the discovery of human remains on a rural Dane County property Thursday, July 8.

Authorities note the remains have not yet been identified, and detectives continue to search the area for additional evidence. The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene and will be conducting an autopsy over the weekend.

Fifty-year-old Bart Halderson and 53-year-old Krista Halderson were last seen on Thursday, July 1. They were reported missing by their son, 23-year-old Chandler Halderson, on the morning of July 7. Chandler has since been taken into custody on a charge of providing false information in a missing person investigation.

Chandler told investigators his parents had left their home in the village of Windsor early Friday morning to spend the Fourth of July holiday with an unknown couple at a cabin in Wind Lake. No one was located at that residence.

In a statement Friday, July 9, the Halderson family said:

"Our family would like to thank everyone for their support through this difficult situation, it means a lot to us. 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 greatly appreciate all of the work being done by members of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and the other assisting agencies."

Officials say this remains a very active investigation. The sheriff's office continues to ask citizens to report any information related to the Haldersons' disappearance on the Dane County Sheriff's Office tip line at 608-284-6900. Callers can remain anonymous.

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