Fond du Lac fugitive captured after eluding manhunt in Dodge County marsh

DODGE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Fond du Lac man who eluded capture Thursday in a marshy area in Dodge County is in custody. The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says it received information on Richard Erdman's whereabouts and arrested him without further incident just before 9 p.m.

Erdman, 35, from Fond du Lac, was wanted on multiple felony warrants. Officials learned he was at the Royal Oaks Motel on State Highway 33 in Hubbard. When Dodge County deputies tried to make contact with him Thursday morning, Erdman ran from the motel into a nearby marsh. Officers set up a perimeter in hopes of catching him.

Officers sent up drones and searched the ground with K-9s.

Officials say media aircraft hindered the State Patrol's effort to search by air. The State Patrol was forced to abandon the air search.

Marshy conditions forced officers to call off the ground search.

"Unfortunately, due to the terrain being very marshy and wet, we were unable to locate the individual and called off the search," says the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office did not believe Erdman is a threat to the public, and said it was employing other techniques to search for him.