MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Madison police investigators were working Thursday to determine why a respected physician and her husband were targeted and killed.

The bodies of Dr. Beth Potter, 52 and her husband, Robin Carre, 57, were found by a jogger Tuesday morning in the UW Arboretum, a research and popular recreational area that includes more than 1,200 acres of forests and prairies.

Potter and Carre died from “homicidal related trauma," according to the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office. Authorities have not disclosed the manner of their deaths, but UW police said the slayings were not by chance.

“Through our police investigation, we reached a point where we were confident in that this was not random and this couple was targeted," said police department spokesman Marc Lovicott in an email Thursday. ”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, run by the UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Access Community Health Centers.

She was medical director of UW Health’s Employee Health Services and spoke French and Spanish, which “brought clarity and comfort to the diverse patient population she served,” according to a tribute on the medical school’s website.

Carre was an independent educational consultant, according to his website, and offered consulting services to students and their families for the college search and application process. He was also a former coaching director at Regent Soccer Club, a youth soccer organization in Madison.