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A well-known Milton police officer involved in anti-bullying efforts, the Milton School District and setting up Rock County’s first prescription drug drop box has been found dead.
Janesville police and the Department of Criminal Investigation were called to the scene of a death investigation Sunday night in the 4100 block of Kennedy Road.
The person found unresponsive on the walking path on Janesville’s north side has been identified as Lt. John Conger of the Milton Police Department.
An autopsy revealed that Conger, 43, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.
According to a Department of Justice release, Conger was found about 1 mile north of Kennedy Road and Highway 14.
Conger has been at the Milton Police Department since May 1, 1992, according to the release.
Milton Police Chief Dan Layber issued the following statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lt. Conger’s family and loved ones. John is going to be dearly missed by all of us at the Milton Police Department. He was a dedicated officer who was committed to the Milton community, spearheading many of the police department’s outreach and educational activities. His absence will be felt deeply by all who knew him.”
The Janesville Police Department and DCI will continue to investigate the incident along with the Wisconsin State Crime Lab.Monday, October 21 2013, 09:55 PM CDT
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