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UPDATE: Columbia Co. authorities: Body of Mitchel Blanchard found

Posted April 28th, 2014 @ 4:48pm by 1310 Wiba/Columbia County Sheriff's Dept


WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) _ Divers have recovered the body of a missing man from a river in the Wisconsin Dells.

Twenty-one-old Mitchel Blanchard of rural Paradeeville was reported missing by his family Sunday.

Wisconsin Dells police say they had responded to a disturbance call at Captain Brady's Showboat Saloon early Sunday and had tried to make contact with Blanchard.

Officers say Blanchard took off running and disappeared into a wooded area.

WISN-TV reports investigators found Blanchard's vest near the Wisconsin River on Sunday, and located his body in the waters near a dam on Monday around noon.

The Columbia County medical examiner has scheduled an autopsy.



An extensive search is underway for a missing Pardeeville area man. 21 year old Mitchel Blanchard was last seen around 2 a.m. Sunday, running toward a dam and bridge over the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin Dells. The Columbia County Sheriff's Department Dive Team has been searching the river. Blanchard is a white male with light brown hair about 5’10” and 200lbs. Blanchard was wearing brown pants a white shirt and tan vest with lavender tie. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has been assisted by the Columbia County Dive Team, Wisconsin Dells PD, WI DNR, Kilbourn Fire Dept. and Alliant Energy. Anyone with information should call 608-742-4166

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