MADISON, Wisc. (AP) -

Fond du Lac County law enforcement officials say state Senator Rick Gudex shot himself to death.

The county sheriff's office and medical examiner's office said Wednesday that Gudex "died of what appears to be a single gunshot would to the chest." The release says the preliminary investigation indicates the wound was self-inflicted.

Police say the body was found around 1:30 a.m. in the town of Eden.

The Republican state senator was elected in 2012 and was not seeking re-election this year.

Governor Scott Walker released this statement following the news this morning:

"Tonette and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Rick Gudex. Rick was a good man who served his community and state well, and he will be missed. Our hearts and our prayers go out to his wife Kim and their two children during this difficult time."

Gudex was 48 years old.