Winnebago County authorities search for missing man
Authorities said his wife died after his disappearance
UTICA, Wis. (WBAY) - Winnebago County authorities are asking the public to locate a missing Utica man whose wife had died following his disappearance.
His wife died from a sudden medical event, so deputies say 65-year-old Wayne Siems doesn’t know his wife has died.
He left his home on Sept. 15 with no medication, phone, wallet, any apparent clothing items, or his vehicle. He did not leave a note.
Siems recently purchased a handgun. Deputies recently learned he also purchased three boxes of ammunition.
The sheriff’s office says he takes critical medications for heart conditions and has a pacemaker.
Extensive searches of the wooded area and cornfields near his home didn’t provide any clues to his whereabouts. Deputies say locals allowed searches of their buildings and properties.
So far the search has involved officers, firefighters and other first responders from Winnebago County, a large contingent from Wisconsin K9 SOS Search and Rescue, Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response teams, and a local aircraft pilot. The search has also used drones and cadaver dogs.
Any person who encounters Siems should exercise caution. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office at 920-236-7367.
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