TOWN OF BYRON, Wis. (AP) -- Monroe County sheriff's deputies say they used footprints to track down a man spotted walking naked in the snow in freezing temperatures.
The sheriff's department got a call about the man in the Town of Byron about 4 p.m. Thursday. The Wisconsin Department of Natural and Oakdale firefighters joined in the search.
They were able to track his bare footprints in the snow and noticed he was also bleeding. Authorities say the man was found near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and taken to Tomah Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
SPARTA, Wis. (MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) --The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was notified at 4:04 p.m. on January 16, 2014 of a nude male subject being spotted walking in the snow in the area of Essex Ave. near Ocean Spray in the Township of Byron.
Deputies responded to the area and began a search for the subject. Requests for assistance were made to the Oakdale Fire Department and Wisconsin DNR to assist with the search of the subject. Weather conditions at the time were dangerously cold due to wind chills. Deputies located the subject’s tracks in the snow and confirmed the footprints showed the subject to be barefoot.
They began to track the subject and while doing this noticed blood in the snow. The subject was eventually located .6 mile east of the Americold Plant on Essex Ave. along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Deputies provided liners from their coats and a face mask to help protect the subject until EMS personnel could arrive at their location from CTH N.
The subject was transported to Tomah Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Tomah Area Ambulance Service, the Oakdale Fire Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin DNR, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Reserve and the Monroe County 911 Dispatch Center.