Human Tracker Helps Solve Missing Person Cases in Marinette Co. - WBAY

"Human Tracker" Helps Solve Missing Person Cases in Marinette Co.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden Dave Oginski is getting a lot of attention for successfully locating people lost out in the woods.

With the help of a compass and four flashlights, DNR warden Dave Oginski is known as Marinette County's "human tracker."

"It's been an interesting last couple of years because we have had a large number of people that have been lost.  Just this deer season alone, up in Marinette County, we had six people that got turned around in the woods," Oginski said.

One of his latest missing person searches happened last week when he helped the Marinette County Sheriff's Office find a snowmobiler stuck out in the woods.

"The first thing I did was I contacted some of the area trail groomers that worked a couple of those trails..and I said, "Hey, what have you guys seen out there?" "Were there any snowmobiles that broke down, did you see anything that looked odd?" Oginski said.

Oginski says that information helped narrow the search to a central area focused on the snowmobile trails.

It took seven hours in sub-zero temperatures before they could reach the man.

Whether the search is after dark or on foot through deep snow, Oginski's always looking for clues.

And, sometimes, not all of them are all that obvious.

"The snowmobiler, he had just a little reflective gear on his coat and when I came down the trail on my snowmobile, my light from my snowmobile reflected off that just enough to go well that's probably what we're looking for..and then you get up close and you realize, it's a person," he said.

Fortunately, the snowmobiler got out of the woods OK.

And, that's one of the reasons why Oginski is passionate about helping others.

"It's nice to be able to provide that.. You know have that feeling of getting that person, bringing them out of the woods reuniting them with their family or loved ones," he said.

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