New search organized for missing Marinette County woman

The Wagner fire department is hoping to get at least 100 volunteers to search 100 acres of woods.
Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 9:27 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2020 at 10:28 PM CDT
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MARINETTE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -A search is being organized in the case of a Marinette County woman who has been missing since 2017.

Jeanette Fullerton, 86, was last seen at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2017. She’s believed to have left her home in Wausaukee for her daughter’s home which is about a quarter mile away. A Silver Alert was issued because Fullerton is believed to have dementia or another cognitive impairment.

The Wagner Fire Department says new evidence has been found and there’s a new area to search, further than family and law enforcement have previously searched.

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve tells Action 2 News that a man who owns a cabin in the area recently checked a deer camera he had placed on his property for surveillance. It had been three years since he viewed the SD card that was in the camera. That pictures showed Jeanette Fullerton sitting on the porch of the cabin after she went missing from her home.

“The last photo we have from his trail camera now was 8:56 in the morning she went missing,” said Sauve. “Now we know she was alive later into that morning and was up there on foot.”

The sheriff says cadaver dogs have searched the area but did not find anything. The new search organized by the Wagner Fire Department is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27. Searchers will meet at N10603 Schultz Rd, where Fullerton was last seen, at 8:30 a.m. to sign in.

“The wooded area that we’re going to search is pretty thick stuff, so they’re going to want to make sure to have on long sleeve shirts, defiantly pants and good walking boots if at all possible,” said Wagner Fire Chief, Thomas Arthur.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the search and to contact search leaders.

The fire department is hoping to get at least 100 volunteers to search 100 acres of woods. Lunch will be provided.

Sheriff Sauve says searchers would like to find Jeanette and bring some closure. He says these images helped them rule out foul play.


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