University of Wisconsin-Madison doctor, husband found dead in suspected homicide

A University of Wisconsin-Madison doctor and her husband have been found dead in what cops are calling a targeted double homicide.

A jogger discovered the bodies of Dr. Beth Potter, 52, and Robin Carre, 57, in a ditch at the campus arboretum — a popular research and recreation area with more than 1,200 acres of forests and prairies — around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Carre was pronounced dead at the scene, while Potter was transported to a local hospital, where she also died, according to police.

The pair died of “homicidal related trauma,” according to the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

UW-Madison police said there was nothing arbitrary about the slayings.

“Through our police investigation, we reached a point where we were confident in that this was not random and this couple was targeted,” department spokesman Marc Lovicott said. ”Beyond that, I can’t provide any further details as this is a very active police investigation.”

Potter worked at the Wingra Family Medical Center, operated by the UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Access Community Health Centers.

She also served as medical director of UW Health’s Employee Health Services and spoke both French and Spanish, according to a tribute on the medical school’s website.

“Words cannot express our grief,” Dr. William Schwab, interim chair of the family medicine department, said in the tribute.

“In addition to being a wonderful family physician and highly respected teacher, Beth was a dedicated leader at the Wingra clinic and in our health system. She was wise, warm, and always supportive. There are so many in our department whose lives have been touched by Beth; her loss will weigh heavily within us.”

Dr. Patrick McBride, a retired former associate dean at the medical school, told the Wisconsin State Journal that Potter was a “doctor’s doctor.”

“Other doctors had her see their kids,” he said, adding that she was “dedicated to treating the underserved at the highest quality of care, with dignity.”

Carre worked as an independent educational consultant, helping high school students and their parents with the college admissions process, his LinkedIn page says.

He previously served as a coaching director at the Regent Soccer Club, a Madison-based youth soccer organization.

“He cared far more about how players learned the game than he did about their record that season, and he was always calm and even-tempered,” Chris Murphy, whose daughter was coached by Carre for several years as a child, told the Journal.

Potter and Carre had three children, the paper reported.

No one is in custody in connection with the crime, and the motive is unclear.

With Post wires