Rock Co. Authorities Search for Man Spotted Walking in the Cold

Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 --- 11:44 a.m.

Press Release from the Rock Co. Sheriff's Department:

On Monday, January 21st, at 8:26 p.m., deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the intersection of N. Little Road and CTY HWY A, in the Town of Janesville for a report of a man walking and stumbling on the roadway of CTY HWY A. According to, the temperature at the time the call came in was two degrees with a wind-chill of fourteen below zero. Wind gusts at that time were ten miles per hour.

A passerby who was driving on CTY HWY A observed a white male wearing a tan colored coat with dark colored pants who appeared to have difficulty keeping his balance while walking, sometimes falling on the roadway. The individual was said to be in his late forties to late fifties, about six feet tall, approximately 220-230 lbs, with dark or grey facial hair. He was last seen at 8:28 p.m., cutting across a field. Deputies began arriving in the area at 8:34 p.m.

Janesville Police Department’s K-9 was asked to assist and attempted to track the individual. City of Janesville Fire Department also responded with a thermal imaging device in order to locate the subject’s heat source. Deputies continued to search ditch lines and fields in the surrounding area. The RCSO Rec. Safety Team mobilized with their ATV’S, while other deputies utilized four-wheel drive vehicles to canvass the surrounding terrain. The D.N.R. also assisted with the deployment of their thermal imaging equipped airplane.

At 4:24 a.m., the extensive search was ended with no subject found. If anyone has information that would help determine the individual’s well-being, please call the Rock County 911 Center non-emergency number of (608) 757-2244.

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