UPDATE: Family remembers missing Wood Co. man Greg Senn
WOOD COUNTY (WAOW)--It was an emotional day for family and friends of a missing Wood County man. After two months of searching, the body of Greg Senn has been found.
29-year-old Senn was last seen in Grand Rapids on Jan. 14. Officials believe he may have been walking towards his home in Wisconsin Rapids.
Late afternoon Tuesday, Senn's body was recovered from Lake Wazeecha. That came after someone reported seeing a hat floating in the water.
It was a sentimental day, and Greg Senn's brother Ed says the past two months have taken a toll on him. But now, he says he's glad to have some sort of closure, and will always remember the kind of person his brother was.
"Everybody liked him. He was a really likeable guy. He was a man who died with no enemies," Greg Senn's brother Ed said.
Greg Senn's family says he was a good person, one who will be greatly missed.
"There's a lot of testimonials from his friends that Greg would give you the shirt off his back," Ed Senn said.
Police believe Senn may have been walking across the lake as a shortcut.
"I've walked that same path with him when we were younger hundreds of times. I've crossed Lake Wazeecha in the dead middle of winter and nothing has happened," Ed Senn said.
Officials say the intersection where Greg Senn was last seen is less than a quarter mile from Lake Wazeecha.
"It was very heart wrenching to us that it was him. But on the other hand, we're glad we closed it, that we did find him," Grand Rapids Police Chief Dave Lewandowski said.
But the investigation continues.
"It's part of the puzzle but it's a big piece, and hopefully with the autopsy we can get some more answers," Lewandowski said.
Police say the autopsy is scheduled for later this week. Ed Senn says he knows exactly what he will miss most about his brother, "his smile and his terrible jokes."
Ed Senn says there will be a memorial for his brother this summer. Money for that will go toward a new K-9 dog for Wood County…to find other missing people.
Now you may remember in this case, Police believe a 911 call the morning of Senn's disappearance may have led them to Senn. After an investigation, a dispatcher was suspended for 30-days. That suspension ends today and as timing has it, he will return for work tomorrow.
There have been a number of instances where a missing man's body has been found in water in Wisconsin. Newsline 9 asked about this specific case to see if there's a connection.
"I believe these are all individual cases. It's unfortunate. For our purposes here in Grand Rapids, I don't believe that," Lewandowski said.