NEW INFORMATION: Police say missing man found alive and well

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A missing Janesville man is alive, easing fears he was the city's third homicide victim this month.

The community has been on edge since police arrested 28-year-old Clayton Courtney on May 4 after he allegedly stabbed his roommate. The roommate told police Courtney said he had killed three people that night.

Officers found Courtney's girlfriend dead the next morning and last week found a woman dead in the Rock River. They've also been searching for a man who disappeared on May 1.

Police found the man in northern Wisconsin on Monday.

But they say Courtney's roommate now believes Courtney said he has killed three people, making it unclear when he may have committed the slayings. They also say the woman found in the river suffered an injury before she drowned.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Police in Janesville are planning to address concerns that two recent deaths and a third person's disappearance may be connected.

Community fears have been stoked after investigators learned a man arrested in a stabbing on May 4 said he had killed three people that night.

Officers discovered Brittany Cross, the man's girlfriend, dead behind a former furniture store the next morning. On Friday officers found Mary Coulthard's body in the Rock River. Now they're searching for Gerald Hockensmith, who was reported missing Wednesday.

Police have planned a news conference for Monday afternoon. They're calling the incidents separate issues.

The man accused in the stabbing, Clayton Courtney, faces multiple charges in that incident, including attempted homicide and reckless endangerment. His attorney didn't immediately return an email message Monday.


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