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UPDATE: Missing Teen Focus of TV Program

By: Dana Brueck Email
By: Dana Brueck Email

UPDATED Tuesday, January 19, 2010 -- 4:45 p.m.

Posted by NBC15's Dana Brueck

A mystery out of Sauk County is about to get some national exposure.

A cable program is featuring the case of a missing teen.

"We miss you! I love you and I want you to be home! That's where you should be is home," Beth Frazin said back in October of 2007.

More than two years have passed since Beth Frazin pleaded for help finding her son.

Now, a cable program... the show "Disappeared" is featuring the Sauk County mystery...in hopes of uncovering news leads in the case.

NBC15 News talked with Lee Cutler's mother in Illinois by phone Tuesday.

"Who knows, maybe Lee fell, and he can't remember who he is... I don't know. There are so many stories we could put to this. It's important to get the word out about missing people."

Then 18-years-old, Cutler is from suburban Chicago.

But in October of 2007, his Toyota Corolla was found at a wayside along Highway 33... then some of his belongings near the Baraboo River.

"... we discovered a backpack and some blankets that had been in the car...," Sauk County Sheriff Randy Stammen said in October of 2007.

The case grabbed the attention of producers for "Disappeared."

"They even hired an actor who so much looked like Lee that when I came outside and I saw him .. sitting on the lawn reading I started to cry because that's Lee, you know," Frazin says.

Beth Frazin hopes the broadcast will help bring her son home.

"I never in my entire life would imagine that this would happen to my family," she says, "I'm never going to give up hope. All I want to do is just hold him and be with him."

Police in Buffalo Grove, IL, where the missing person report originated say they've closed their case unless they get new leads.

The case remains open in Sauk County but local investigators also say they need fresh tips.

Cutler's case premieres February 1st, locally at 9 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery channel.

You can WATCH a preview of this special, by clicking the LINK in the "RELATED LINK" Section at the bottom of this story.

UPDATED Tuesday, January 19, 2010 -- 2:15 p.m.
Posted by NBC15's Dana Brueck

A local mystery's going to get national play.

A cable program will feature the disappearance of a teen whose belongings were found in Sauk County more than two years ago.

As you can imagine, the teen's mother is desperate for leads into her son's whereabouts.

She hopes this program will help uncover new leads because investigators say they need them.

"A mother's youngest son disappears into thin air... leaving behind a trail of disturbing evidence..." That's a clip from a cable show called "Disappeared."

It's featuring the case 18-year-old Lee Cutler. Cutler's from a suburb of Chicago... but his vehicle and some personal belongings were found in Sauk County in October of 2007.

NBC15's Dana Brueck spoke by phone Tuesday with Cutler's mother in Illinois.

"They even hired an actor who so much looked like Lee that when I came outside and I saw him ... sitting on the lawn reading I started to cry because that's Lee, you know."

Police in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where the missing person report originated say they've closed the case unless they get new leads.

And, investigators in Sauk County say their case is open, but they need new leads.

Cutler's case premieres February 1st, locally at 9 p-m on the Investigation Discovery channel.

You can WATCH a preview of this special, by clicking the LINK in the "RELATED LINK" Section at the bottom of this story.

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UPDATED Friday, January 15, 2010 --- 10:55 a.m.

A local investigation is the focus of a television documentary on the "Investigation Discovery" cable network.

It will air February 1rst.

The show spotlights the investigation surrounding the disappearance of Lee Cutler. He vanished in October, 2007. Investigators have found some of Cutler's possessions in and around the Baraboo River; but his body was never found.

The description of the broadcast: Lee Cutler is a universally loved high school senior who disappears after dropping off his best friend on a cool autumn morning. Don't miss this episode premiere on Monday, February 1 at 10 PM e/p!

You can WATCH a preview of this special, by clicking the LINK in the "RELATED LINK" Section at the bottom of this story.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 27, 2007 -- 11:51am

An update on the missing Illinois teen whose car was found near Baraboo.

A private investigator is now helping in the search for 18-year-old Lee Cutler.

Since his disappearance in October, investigators have found some of Cutler's possessions in and around the Baraboo river.

But, searches of the river itself have failed to find him.

Friends and family are holding out hope he's still alive, possibly after trying to fake his own death.

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UPDATED Wednesday, October 31, 2007 -- 11:44pm

Efforts to find missing Illinois teen continue

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- Sauk County sheriff's deputies continue to patrol the banks of the Baraboo River for clues in the disappearance of an Illinois teen.

18-year-old Lee Cutler of Buffalo Grove was last seen October 20th. His car was found two days later at a wayside along Highway 33 near a bridge that crosses the river.

Sauk County sheriff's officials met Tuesday with Buffalo Grove police and decided to continue the search.

AP

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UPDATED Friday, October 26, 2007 - 8:02 pm

Divers in Sauk County say they've found the pants, wallet and keys of a missing Illinois teen.

The sheriff's department says the pants were clinging to a partially submerged branch in the Baraboo River.

The wallet contained Lee Cutler's identification and a small amount of cash.

The keys found in a pants pocket fit the ignition of Cutler's car, which was found Sunday.

These items were found about 300 yards downstream from where his backpack and blankets were recovered earlier this week.

The 18-year-old disappeared from his Buffalo Grove, Illinois home last weekend

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UPDATED Thursday, October 25, 2007 --- 11:17am

Search for Illinois teen turns up pill bottle, letters

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- An empty pill bottle and letters to and from loved ones have been found by searchers looking for an Illinois teen in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Search teams Tuesday found a backpack and blankets that belong to 18-year-old Lee Cutler of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The items were found near the Baraboo River; his car was found at a wayside next to a bridge over the river.

Details about the letters were not disclosed, but Sauk County Sheriff Randy Stammen says in a news release that the bottle was for Advil PM, an over-the-counter pain reliever and sleeping aid.

Cutler was last seen Saturday morning. A helicopter that uses heat imaging technology joined in the air search of the area Wednesday, but no trace of Cutler was detected.

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UPDATED Wednesday, October 24, 2007 --- 12:37pm

Searchers find backpack, blankets of missing Illinois teen

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- A backpack and blankets that belong to a missing Illinois teen have been found by search teams near the Baraboo River, which flows near the area where his car was found.

Sauk County Sheriff Randy Stammen won't say what was in the backpack of 18-year-old Lee Cutler from of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. He says there's nothing to indicate foul play, and Cutler is listed as a missing adult.

Cutler's car was discovered Sunday night at a rest area along state Highway 33.

Relatives say he was last seen driving a friend home Saturday morning.

Family members found a receipt from Kettle Moraine State Forest in Cutler's car. It appeared to have been printed at 1:41 p.m. Saturday. The forest has a southern unit near Whitewater, on the route between Cutler's hometown and Baraboo, and a northern unit that is north of Cedarburg, where he has an ex-girlfriend.

Cutler has been known to hike in bluffs like the ones near Baraboo.

The sheriff says teams searched the area on foot and by airplane today. Searchers also used a dive team and a boat with sonar equipment to check the Baraboo River.

More searching is planned Wednesday.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 23, 2007 --- 6:37pm

An emotional plea from an Illinois mother who just wants to see her son return home safely.

On Monday her son's car was found in Baraboo after he was reported missing two days earlier.

Tuesday is day 3 in the search for 18 year-old Lee Cutler, but still no answers.

Lee's 2007 Toyota Corolla was found by a Sauk County Sheriff deputy on Highway 33 near County Highway U.

Nearby, in the Baraboo River, his backpack and blankets were also found.

Ground, air and dive rescue crews in Sauk County are assisting in the search.

Lee was last seen driving friends home after a party in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

His mother made a desperate plea Tuesday afternoon for her son's safe return.

Lee's mother Beth Frazin says, "This is breaking my heart. I love you so much. I have a void in my heart. It's just killing me."

Lee's was last seen wearing a dark blue sweater with a red stripe, a kippah on his head and khaki pants.

He is about 5 feet,10 inches tall, and weighs about 140 pounds.

Lee is a senior in high school, and one of three children.

He just celebrated his 18th birthday.

If you have any information as to his whereabouts you are urged to call the Sauk County Sheriff Department.

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Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 --- 11:24am

The search is on for a missing Illinois teen whose car was discovered in Sauk County.

18-year-old Lee Cutler's gray 2007 Toyota Corolla was found at a rest area along state Highway 33 Sunday night.

The teen's mother and his stepfather traveled to Sauk County from their Buffalo Grove, Illinois, home as soon as they learned the car was found.

Authorities plan to conduct a dive search in the Baraboo River Tuesday as a precautionary measure.


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