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Autopsy underway following recovery of body in Weyauwega

WEYAUWEGA (PRESS RELEASE)-- On Monday, February 7, 2011, at 8:31 a.m., the Weyauwega Police Department received a missing person complaint. The reporting party stated that a male subject, approximately 45 years of age had left his residence at approximately 4:00 a.m. of Sunday, February 6th.

During the investigation, the Weyauwega Police Department had learned that the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department had taken a report of an abandoned vehicle on Sunday, February 6th at approximately 11:00 a.m.  in the vicinity of the City of Weyauwega. The investigation revealed that the abandoned vehicle was registered to the missing person.

At 10:05 a.m. on Monday, February 7, 2011, a joint search effort was conducted by the Weyauwega Police Department and the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department. Officers including a K-9, searched the area between the abandoned vehicle and the City of Weyauwega. The search continued throughout the day; deteriorating weather conditions and dangerous ice on the Waupaca River forced officers to discontinue the search. Officers continued the investigation throughout the evening.

The search resumed at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. The Weyauwega Police Department, the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department, the Weyauwega Fire Department, and the Tustin-Poy Sippi Fire Department collaborated to intensify search efforts and access areas that searches could not reach previously.

At 9:55 a.m., the Tustin-Poy Sippi Air Rescue Boat and crew began a search of the Waupaca River. At 10:26 a.m., the Air Rescue Boat requested the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department Snowmobile Patrol to meet them at the River where they had located land based footprints. At 10:36 a.m., members of the Weyauwega Fire Department found the missing male subject deceased in a remote field adjacent the Waupaca River in the City of Weyauwega. No foul play is suspected, autopsy results are pending. Hypothermia appears to be a contributing factor.

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