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Police: Human remains found in farmhouse burn pit, 1 person in custody on homicide charge

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EAST TROY, Wis. - Human remains were found in a burn pit in Walworth County Thursday afternoon, and a suspect is in custody, officials said.

Franklin police released more details Friday about an investigation at a farmhouse in East Troy Thursday. Police said the department has working with Milwaukee police in connection with an arson investigation that led to a report of two people missing.

A 43-year-old Franklin resident and business owner was taken into custody Thursday on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide, police said in a news release Friday afternoon.

Multiple police agencies, including the Wisconsin Department of Justice, were at a farmhouse on County Road J in East Troy Thursday for hours.

On Friday, police said evidence led them to the farmhouse and surrounding land, which the suspect had leased for hunting, the release said. Police searched the property and found a burn pit with human remains.

Police said investigators are working to identify the remains.

Charges against the suspect are pending in multiple jurisdictions.

Police said there is no danger to the public.

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