Man and baby who disappeared after crash found safe in Fond du Lac
FOND DU LAC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A 24-year-old Fond du Lac man and his infant daughter who disappeared after a crash in Fond du Lac County have been found safe.
Officials tell Action 2 News that Jordan Smack and his 4-month-old child Serenity were found at a residence in Fond du Lac Friday morning.
“We are pleased to be able to report that Jordan and Serenity have been located safe at an address in the city of Fond du Lac. Myself and Lamartine Fire Chief Joe Birschbach would like to extend sincere appreciation to the over 100 emergency personnel from multiple agencies who participated in the search for Jordan and Serenity, and want to thank all of the citizens who provided tips and information. The circumstances surrounding the crash and what occurred after are being investigated ty the Sheriff’s Office. No other information can be released at this time,” says Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt.
The sheriff says the investigation continues into what happened.
“We had a lot of tips and information coming in throughout the morning and obviously the media coverage helped us get the word out and spread it far and wide and ultimately, the best-case scenario, they were found safe and sound,” said Waldschmidt.
An ambulance was called for a medical check on Jordan and Serenity for precautionary means, according to the sheriff. He said they suffered no known injuries or illness.
On Oct. 14, at about 10:30 p.m., a woman, Jordan and Serenity were in a vehicle involved in a minor crash into a ditch on Brown Road west of Townline Road in the Town of Lamartine.
“Jordan and his baby, who was removed from the vehicle and carried in a car seat, left the vehicle and walked into a marshy area and the female lost sight of them a short time later,” says the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman got the vehicle out of the ditch and drove back home to Fond du Lac. She called Jordan, but was unable to get a hold of him. She called the Sheriff’s Office at 2:30 a.m. The woman is not the child’s mother.
Deputies searched the area and found a car seat in a wooded area north of the crash scene. Serenity was not in the car seat.
Jordan was last seen wearing a dark blue hoodie and gray sweatpants. Serenity was bundled in blankets.
More than 100 fire and law enforcement personnel took part in an intensive ground and aerial search of a block located within Brown Road, Nelson Road, Rogersville Road, and Townline Road.
“We had a lot of assets, and a lot of these people, it should be noted, are volunteers,” says Waldschmidt. “They’re not getting paid to be out here on this dreary, cold Friday morning. These are guys and gals that have other jobs and other responsibilities that spend the vast majority of this morning out here and we can’t thank them enough.”
Lamartine Fire Chief Joe Birschbach became emotional when talking about the search and the outcome.
“They did an outstanding job organizing this morning, getting this many people in a short amount of period of time, and we have a good outcome because of it,” said Birschbach. “We were going to keep going until we had somebody.”
The sheriff says there were no known custody issues involving the child. They’re now looking into why Smack took off with his child.
“The how we got from out here in the middle of night into the city this morning, we’ll figure all that out, but that comes secondary. Our primary concern this morning was finding them safe and sound,” said Waldschmidt.
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The following departments assisted with the search:
- Fire departments from Waupun, Van Dyne, Town of Fond du Lac, Rosendale, Oakfield, Mt. Calvary, Eldorado, Eden, Brandon/Fairwater, and Alto.
- Ambulances from Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue and North Fond du Lac.
- An aircraft from the Wisconsin State Patrol.
- Drone teams from the Sheriff’s Office and Fond du Lac Police Department.
- Sheriff’s K-9 unit.
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