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Second person dies after missing elderly couple found in vehicle

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By Shereen Siewert

A missing Dane County woman whose husband was found dead Saturday morning has died, according to social media posts from family members.

Donald Soper and his wife, Colleen Soper, both 87, left a family gathering in Black Earth around 3 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. Family members reported the Sopers missing after they did not arrive at their destination.

A search by multiple fire and police departments across western Dane County continued through Friday with “no sign of the Sopers or their vehicle,” Dane County Sheriff’s officials said.

At about 10:20 a.m. Saturday, the Sopers’ black Dodge Caliber was found on a remote trail outside the unincorporated community of Vermont, which is about five miles from Black Earth. The vehicle appeared to be stuck, and both Sopers were seated inside. Donald Soper was found dead in the vehicle.

Colleen Soper was transported to a hospital for treatment but later died.

A Wisconsin Department of Justice Silver Alert, issued after the couple’s disappearance, was canceled after the discovery.

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