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Fond du Lac authorities search river after report of possible human hand found

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Posted at 10:43 AM, Jun 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 15:37:42-04

FOND DU LAC (NBC 26) — UPDATE: Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan F. Waldschmidt said crews have completed their search of the Fond du Lac River.

The sheriff said sonar images identified several items of interest, all of which were examined further and visually confirmed to be debris. No human body or body parts were located, and the Fond du Lac Police Department is closing its investigation.


Fond du Lac authorities are continuing their search of the Fond du Lac River on Wednesday after receiving a report of a possible human hand found in the water.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff said in a news release that a person cleaning out the river reported seeing a possible human body part in the water on Tuesday.

The news release said a person was using a large magnet to clean debris from the river Tuesday evening when they thought they saw a human hand in the water. The reported sighting was south of Johnson Street in Fond du Lac.

Rescue crews conducted a limited search of the area with no results. Crews decided to try again the next day.

The sheriff said the sheriff's office, Fond du Lac Police Department and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are coordinating an additional search of the river in the area where the possible body part was spotted.

The DNR will be utilizing a Remote Operated Vehicle with sonar capabilities and sheriff’s office divers will be deployed into the river to investigate or recover any items of interest that are located.

The sheriff said authorities will release their findings when the search is complete.