On Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at approximately 11:56 a.m., New Glarus Police and EMS were called to a Village residence in response to a report of an unresponsive person. The patient was pronounced dead at the scene after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.
Green County deputies responded to the scene to assist the New Glarus Police Department with the investigation into the individual’s death. During the investigation, law enforcement obtained evidence leading them to suspect that the death was opioid related. Additional information was further developed in identifying a Madison man that was suspected of supplying the opioids to the victim.
On Thursday, April 9, 2020 at approximately 9:00 a.m., deputies, along with a Lafayette County Sheriff’s Deputy, agents from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, agents from the Dane County Narcotics Task Force and Madison Police Department located the suspect in a business parking lot on the east side of the City of Madison. The suspect, Kerwin L. Harvey, age 63, Madison, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Green County Jail.
Harvey was tentatively charged with 1st Degree Reckless Homicide and incarcerated in the Green County Jail pending a court appearance.
This incident remains under investigation by New Glarus Police Department, the Green County Sheriff’s Office and the Green County Coroner’s Office.
All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.