Weather balloon is lost again in Northeast Wisconsin

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OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - For the second time in a month, a weather balloon launched by a company in South Dakota finds an unusual landing spot in Northeast Wisconsin.

Laurie Vander Heiden says she was out for a walk with her dog on Sunday when something in the sky caught her attention.

According to Vander Heiden, "I thought, oh somebody is flying a kite today. So, as I got closer it was pretty big and I could see the rope hanging down and I said, oh no that's not a kite."

Instead, as Vander Heiden captured on her cell phone, that object in the sky was a parachute with no one or nothing attached to it. Vander Heiden watched as it landed in a field next to her home.

She says, "We found it laying out in a field out there and it was just a parachute, so then we brought it back and we called the police and they took it from there."

Unsure who the parachute belonged to, the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office took to Facebook to try and find an owner. About an hour later, the mystery was solved.

"We got a call from Shawano County indicating they were out with some sensors that were with a weather balloon. And the company they were out with, Raven Aerostar, said that that was their parachute for this weather balloon," says Sgt. Ryan Carpenter from the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office.

This isn't the first time Raven Aerostar lost something in Northeast Wisconsin. You may recall, last month when two Waupaca County Sheriff's deputies found a device on the Wolf River near Weyauwega, it was also a Raven Aerostar weather balloon.

This time, however, Raven Aerostar wasn't so lucky and all that's been found is the parachute.

According to Sgt. Carpenter, "They indicated to us that they are still missing the weather balloon, which is white plastic material and about a hundred feet long so that's still out somewhere hung up in a tree or a field somewhere that they need to recover that yet.">

Action 2 News reached out to Raven Aerostar, the company that launched that weather balloon, for information on its mission. They didn't return our phone calls or our emails.