JANESVILLE, WI - The Stateline's
cold snap made for a potentially dangerous situation in rural
At approximately 8:30 PM on Monday, Rock County Sheriff's deputies were called out to the intersection of N. Little Road & County Highway A. A passerby had phoned in a request for officers to complete a welfare check on a male individual.
"The reporting person called and stated that a male was walking the ditch line and appeared to be stumbling and falling down," said Dep. Kevin Skatrud. Skatrud was one of the first responders on scene.
The man, the Good Samaritan saw, proceeded to stumble down through the ditch and into the field that it bordered. The driver turned around to keep an eye on the man, but when the person flipped their headlights on the man he darted. Dep. Skatrud says it wasn't easy trying to locate the man.
"Deputies driving the road and checking the fields couldn't find him," said Skatrud.
"We decided to get the K-9 unit involved too. Hopefully they could track a scent and we could locate him that way because it was very cold last night and it could possibly be deadly."
"I don't think that there's any policy that would specifically say, in this particular situation this is exactly what you need to do, but rather you make your best judgment based on what resources you have available to you in order to protect the public as best as you can," said Cmdr. Knudsen.
Conditions Monday night were unbearable, with temperatures flirting with zero and wind gusts to boot. Knudsen says those circumstances were what called for the search.
"If it would have been 30 degrees out instead of sub-zero like it was, if the subject would have been just simply walking and hadn't been staggering, hadn't been crawling at one point, I think our concern would have been much less," said Kndusen.
- White Male
- Late 40s - Early 50s
- Approx. 6' 0" - 220 - 230 Lbs.
- Dark graying facial hair
- Last seen wearing a tan colored coat with dark pants.
If you have any information on the condition of this person you can call the Rock County 911 non-emergency line at (608) 757-2244.