MARSHFIELD (WAOW)--According to police, 37-year-old Jamie Scheel and his step brother headed out to the store in the midst of the storm early Sunday morning. When the van they were traveling in drifted into a snow bank, Police said Scheel insisted on walking home to get his truck to tow them out.
The incident occurred on South Galvin in Marshfield. A person passing by reported the van. Officers responded just before four a.m. Sunday, but Scheel had already been missing from the van for over an hour.
Police said Scheel's step brother fell asleep in the car after his step brother walked away.
12 officers along with local fire and rescue crews searched a nearby field for four hours. Scheel's body was found in the snow just after eight a.m.
Officers said this case should be a warning to those thinking of driving in bad weather.
"Don't go. Unless it's a crucial emergency situation, don't drive on roads like that," said Marshfield Chief of Police Gary Jepsen.
If you must go out, police advise you to bring a survival kit with extra warm clothes, non-perishable food and flashlights.
Police said Scheel and his step brother had been at a holiday party prior to the incident. They are still investigating if alcohol was a factor.