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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Homicide Investigation Status

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The Fitchburg Police Department continues to investigate the homicide of Shay Watson that occurred on August 25, 2019, in the 2700 block of Lyman Lane. A multi-jurisdictional team of investigators has been actively pursuing leads and tips resulting from available evidence and information shared by community members. Evidence obtained thus far indicates this was likely not a random act. No arrests have been made in this investigation.  The investigation remains open and active. There is no further information available for public release at this time.

The Fitchburg Police Department has been assisted by numerous agencies throughout the course of this investigation including the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the Middleton Police Department, the Verona Police Department, and the Madison Police Department


We remain confident there are individuals in the community who have important information regarding this case.

Madison Area Crime Stoppers issues cash rewards up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and filing of criminal charges for suspects in this case.

The family of Shay Watson has created a fund to reward information that leads to the arrest and filing of criminal charges for suspects in this case. To our knowledge, the fund has a total amount of approximately $3,500.


Individuals with information regarding this case can share it in a variety of ways:

Fitchburg Police Department

  • Call us at (608)270-4300
  • Share a tip via our anonymous tipster phone line at (608)270-4321
  • Text a tip with the keyword "Fitchburg" to 847411
  • Submit an anonymous tip by visiting

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