Complaint: Victim’s DNA found in blood taken from suspect’s vehicle

A Dane County judge Monday ordered a $1 million bond for the Mount Horeb man arrested in connection with the January death of Nicholas Day in rural Blue Mounds.

A criminal complaint against 21-year old Riley Berg states even though Berg maintains he had never met Day or given him a ride, Day's DNA was found in blood on a seatbelt strap in Berg's car.

The body of Day, 26, was discovered by a passerby Jan. 15 on County Highway JG near Bergum Road in the town of Blue Mounds. Authorities say Day had been out for a run.

The passerby told police they left their home nearby about 12:58 p.m. and saw Day running along Highway JG.

The complaint says the witness told police she forgot something at home, and when she returned about six minutes later, she saw a hat in the road that hadn't been there minutes earlier.

The witness stopped to pick up the hat and discovered Day's body nearby.

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A Mount Horeb man has been arrested in connection with the January death of Nicholas Day.

Riley Berg, 21, was taken into custody today and faces charges of first degree intentional homicide.

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney today announced new information today in connection with the town of Blue Mounds homicide investigation.

The body of Nicholas Day, 26, was discovered Jan. 15 on County Highway JG near Bergum Road in the town of Blue Mounds.

Investigators at first thought the death was from a hit-and-run, but it later was later ruled a homicide.

Autopsy results by the Dane County Medical Examiner show the victim's death was not the result of a motor-vehicle crash.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office says it happened sometime between 12:45 and 1:15 p.m. just south of Bergum Road in the Town of Blue Mounds.

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