Search crew follows sound of gun to find lost man

Juneau County Sheriff's Office

A search crew was able to find a Juneau County man who was lost in a wilderness refuge after he fired his gun, officials say.

The Juneau County Sheriff’s Office said Connie Stabbe reported her husband, 68-year-odl Blaine Stabbe, left their Camp Douglas home at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to scout for an upcoming hunt in the Necedah Wildlife Refuge.

Blaine was supposed to return home at 5 p.m. When he didn’t, Connie Stabbe said family and friends drove for 2 hours searching for Blaine’s vehicle. They couldn’t reach him by phone, officials said. The family reported him missing at 7:30 p.m.

Sheriff Brent Oleson said Blaine’s vehicle was found on Fifth Avenue near 12th Street in the town of Cutler. The search crew activated sirens to alert Blaine that they were near. Blaine communicated with deputies by firing a gun he had with him.

Oleson said Blaine was found about a half-mile west of Fifth Avenue. Juneau County dispatch said searchers made contact with Blaine at 10:53 p.m. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources helped the sheriff’s office in the search and rescue.