Man found in Fox Crossing ditch likely died from natural causes

Police say 54-year old John Schaus lived alone

FOX CROSSING, Wis. - UPDATE: 

1/12/2017

Fox Crossing Police say the man found dead in a ditch likely died from a medical condition or natural causes.

"We are starting to think it may be a nasty fall or something natural and not so much from an accident or anything else," according to Fox Crossing community liaison officer Jason Weber. "Hoping that the toxicology comes back with something or his medical history yields a clue."

Police have ruled out a traffic crash. Toxicology results may not be available until February, and police are also waiting to acquire medical history records, according to Weber.

UPDATE:

1/5/2017

The Fox Crossing Police Department says the autopsy for the body of a man found in a ditch has been completed, but results are inconclusive.

54-year-old John Schaus was found deceased at the intersection of Shady Lane and American Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

Police say they still don't have a definitive cause of death and they're not ruling anything out in this case so far.

Investigators are canvassing the area and trying to determine the time frame of when Schaus ended up in the ditch.

Part of the ongoing investigation is pursuing leads with nearby businesses. 
 
 
The Fox Crossing Police Department is asking for the public's assistance. If you have any information, please contact the Village of Fox Crossing Police Department at 920-720-7109.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact the Winnebago County Wide Crime Stoppers at 920-231-8477 or text IGOTYA and your crime tip to 274637.

You can also submit your crime tip online by clicking here

 

 

1/4/2017

The Fox Crossing Police Department has identified the body of a man found in a ditch in Fox Crossing as 54-year-old John Schaus. 

At this point, police tell us they don't have a definitive cause of death, and they're not ruling anything out in this case so far.

Meanwhile, those who knew Schaus on social media say he will be missed, adding he could always make them smile. Schaus was also apparently a regular at Acoca Coffee in Appleton. 

Part of the ongoing investigation is pursuing leads with nearby businesses. Police say a Sun Comfort employee found Schaus's body along East Shady Lane Tuesday afternoon.
 
It's unclear if Schaus was struck by a car or suffered a medical issue, which is why they're analyzing his body closely, which police say showed evidence of trauma.
 
"There were some injuries. At this point in time, we're not ready to divulge any of those injuries," says Jason Weber, of the Fox Crossing Police Department. "But really, initial examination hasn't led us.. one way or the other to concretely say 'this is definitely what happened.'" 
 
An autopsy was completed by Wednesday afternoon, but police say it still hasn't given definitive answers. 
 
They say they're relying on the public's help, adding any information could lead to a break in the case.
 
The Fox Crossing Police Department is asking for the public's assistance. If you have any information, please contact the Village of Fox Crossing Police Department at 920-720-7109.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact the Winnebago County Wide Crime Stoppers at 920-231-8477 or text IGOTYA and your crime tip to 274637.

You can also submit your crime tip online by clicking here

 
 

1/3/2017

The Fox Crossing Police Department says officers and firefighters responded to the intersection of Shady Lane and American Drive at approximately 1:34 p.m. after receiving reports of a body found in a ditch.

Upon arrival at the scene, police determined the body was of a white, middle aged man.

Wisconsin State Patrol was called to assist in providing an accident reconstruction of the scene.

At this time, police say they do not have a definitive cause of death and cannot with certainty rule anything out.

Investigators say they are pursuing leads and an autopsy is being conducted this morning by the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office.

Fox Crossing police investigators are also speaking with area businesses to see if any employees saw the man earlier. 

The Fox Crossing Police Department is asking for the public's assistance. If you have any information, please contact the Village of Fox Crossing Police Department at 920-720-7109.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact the Winnebago County Wide Crime Stoppers at 920-231-8477 or text IGOTYA and your crime tip to 274637.

You can also submit your crime tip online by clicking here

 

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