Black River Falls homicide suspect still on the run

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
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BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (BLACK RIVER FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - On June 11, 2013, during the afternoon hours Billie Jo Harwick contacted her family by telephone stating that she was in Madison, WI. The family contacted law enforcement authorities, who then responded and found Harwick in the City of Madison along with her vehicle, a 2002 Legacy Outback. Harwick was found unharmed, was cooperative with law enforcement authorities and provided a detailed statement of her whereabouts for the previous three days. Harwick also admitted that she had been in the company of Michael Harmon.
Harmon was last seen in the City of Milwaukee but his whereabouts at this time is unknown. Harmon should be considered armed and dangerous, and is a suspect in the death of Angela M. Nelson. Anyone with information on Harmon’s whereabouts should contact the Black River Falls Police or local authorities.
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) – Officers are now investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a bathtub during the weekend as a homicide.

At a news conference Tuesday, Black River Falls police identified the woman as 34-year-old Angela Nelson. Police are searching for her roommate, Michael L. Harmon, 36. They say he was the last person to see Nelson and are calling him a “person of interest”.

"We believe that Harmon may be armed and would be considered dangerous," Black River Falls Police Investigator John Christophersen said.

Police say Harmon may be traveling with 32-year-old Billie Harwick, a woman who was reported missing in Black River Falls and has not been seen since Saturday.

Officers say Harmon might be driving a 2002 white Legacy Outback with WI plate 521-TJR.

Police say Harmon is the last known person to see Nelson alive and that Harwick, an ex-girlfriend, who moved out of the same home last month, is with him.

"We don't know if it's against her will or an accomplice at this time," Christophersen said Tuesday.

WEAU talked to Terrance Duffy, Harwick and Harmon's landlord, Monday, who said the two had several loud arguments over the past year and that Harmon had been abusive. Duffy said he talked to her just before she moved out.

"She just said, 'I just can't take it any more.' I said, 'I know, I hear it. You need to get out of here. I said get your stuff and go,'" Duffy said.

Duffy said another loud argument was heard between Harmon and Nelson late Saturday night, but went silent at around 11:00 p.m.

Anyone with information that could help police, is asked to call (715) 284-9155.

To view pictures of Nelson, Harwick and Harmon, click on 'view gallery' at the top of this web story.

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - Police investigating the death of a woman whose body was found during the weekend have scheduled a news conference.

Black River Falls police say it's scheduled for noon Tuesday. They have not indicated what information will be given at the news conference.

WEAU 13 News will have a crew at the news conference, and we'll have the story tonight on our evening newscasts.
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BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)--Officers want to speak with the roommate of a woman whose body was found Sunday night.

The Black River Falls Police Department says officers responded to the home at 339 1/2 Chestnut Street in Black River Falls on Sunday night.

Police say the woman did not die of natural causes, and that an autopsy will be done to determine her exact cause of death. Her body has been sent to the Forensic Pathologists' office in Madison. Her name hasn't been released.

City, county, and state investigators are involved in the case. Crime scene tape and a Department of Justice Crime Lab vehicle could be seen in the area on Monday.

Officers say the woman's roommate, Michael L. Harmon, 36, was the last person to see her.

"I was just freaking out that, you know, 'Don't tell me there's a dead body in my rental ... and there was, of course," Terrance Duffy, who rented the home to the woman and Harmon said about finding the woman.

Duffy said police approached him to help check on one of his renters next door Sunday night after finding a broken window, which looked like someone had gone through from the inside of the home.

"The officer went into the bathroom and shined his flashlight in there, and he seen her foot sticking out of the tub, and her painted toes. And then he shined the light and seen her face. And then he said immediately that things were bad," Duffy said.

Officers said there were no signs that it was suicide, and found no weapon. They say her roommate, 36-year-old Michael Harmon, who Duffy said was also her boyfriend, was the last person to see her alive.

Harmon hasn't been found, and police say another woman, could be with him. That woman, Billie Jo Harwick had lived at the home previously, and Duffy said she hasn't been seen since the discovery.

"We believe (Harmon is) in the southern part of Wisconsin, at this time. We can't say with any degree of certainty. But I can say that there should be no danger in this area and we do not believe it was any kind of random act," Black River Falls Police Chief Dave Frederick said.

"Black River Falls is not immune from this sort of thing, some like to think that nothing could ever happen here. They're wrong," he said.

Duffy said Harmon had lived there for about a year, and on Saturday, was heard arguing loudly with the woman, who just moved there that week.

"I intended to serve him on the first of July, that either he was going to have to move and she could stay, or they both were going to have to move. Because I had nothing against her," Duffy said.

"If I could've avoided this and as many people will tell you, I'd be the first one to step in on something like this."

The woman has not been identified as police waited still notifying family. Medical examiners in Madison are looking for a cause of death.
Police said not to approach Harmon if anyone sees him.

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (BLACK RIVER FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - The Black River Falls Police Department is investigating what appears to be a suspicious death. Assisting with the investigation is the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Crime Lab, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, and Wisconsin State Patrol.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the family.

More information will be relayed as it becomes available, but the information is closely guarded as not to hinder our investigation or jeopardize the integrity of this investigation.
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - Investigators are looking into what they're calling a suspicious death in Black River Falls.

WEAU 13 News Reporter Joe Nelson is at the scene, and sent back a picture that shows a Department of Justice Crime Lab vehicle parked inside crime tape on Chestnut Street.

Officers have not given specifics on what led up to the investigation. We are expecting new information from the Black River Falls Police Chief soon.

Watch for updates on-air and online as the story develops.

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