Police believe cold weather a factor in death of Sturgeon Bay man

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Published: Jan. 31, 2023 at 10:36 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2023 at 1:43 PM CST
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Police have identified a man found dead in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday as Carl Russell Johnson, 61.

Johnson was found dead in the 100 block of S. Lansing Avenue. He was in the roadway.

Police say the cause of death is pending, but the medical examiner is confident that foul play was not a factor.

“The extreme cold weather condition likely contributed to his death,” police say.

Investigators say Johnson was believed to be walking home from an address in Sturgeon Bay during the late hours of Jan. 30 or the early morning hours of Jan. 31.

There were subzero wind chills at the time.

Police say the investigation is not criminal and the case is considered closed.


Police are investigating the death of a man in Sturgeon Bay.

At about 6:48 a.m., Sturgeon Bay Police were called to the 100 block of S. Lansing Avenue for an unconscious man on the side of the road.

Police found an “adult middle-aged man” dead.

“He was fully clothed and dressed for the weather conditions,” police say.

The Brown County Medical Examiner was called to help with identification and investigation.

Police say it’s not yet known how the man died. An autopsy will be conducted.

Officers are not identifying the man until family members can be notified.

“There is no danger to the public,” police say.