UPDATE: Woman found dead in Janesville house was strangled to death
JANESVILLE—Police report that a woman found dead early Saturday at the home of her estranged husband was strangled to death.
According to preliminary autopsy findings released by the Janesville Police Department, show that Traci Moyer was murdered with the cause being "ligature strangulation." No other details were immediately available.
Police have not announced an arrest in the case, but an investigation continues, and the death is being considered a homicide, police said.
Police found Moyer's dead at about 3 a.m. Saturday with inside a house at 315 W. Racine Street where her estranged husband, Krystofer Carlisle was living.
Carlisle was also in the house, but was unconscious and in "medical distress" when police arrived and forced their way into the house early Saturday. He was hospitalized Saturday at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville.
Police early Saturday were checking on Moyer's welfare after one of her daughters and a neighbor found her car running in the drive at Carlisle's house but couldn't get in the house, according to police reports and neighbor accounts.
Carlisle, 54, was initially listed in critical condition with undisclosed medical problems, but his status has stabilized and he has been updated to "fair" condition, at Mercy hospital official said Sunday afternoon.
Police on Saturday said they had not spoken with Carlisle. It's not clear if police had spoken with him on Sunday.
Police have not said whether Carlisle is suspected of involvement in the apparent murder of the 46-year-old Moyer, but a Janesville police official said Saturday that there was thought to be no threat to the public of a suspect on the loose.
Investigators have not released a full report on the autopsy, and they were withholding details of the incident pending an investigation, police said.
Moyer, 46, had filed court papers to divorce Carlisle in November, according to online court records.
Police and neighbors said that Moyer and her two daughters apparently had moved out of Carlisle's house and into a Janesville apartment in the days leading up to her murder.
It's not clear what Moyer was doing at the house, but a neighbor reported that coworkers of Moyer at a Walworth factory said they became alarmed when she didn't show up for work on the third shift Friday night.