NEW INFORMATION: Missing woman found safe in Washburn County

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SHELL LAKE, Wis. (WASHBURN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE) -- Washburn County Sheriff, Terry Dryden, is pleased to announce that the search for SANDRA CASLER, which began on October 2, 2013, has been successfully concluded.

Sandra was located in a wooded area near her residence at approximately 12:00 p.m. Sandra was found in relatively good physical condition, despite spending approximately (21) hours in the wooded area under heavy rainfall. Sandra was transported to the Spooner Health System for a precautionary examination, but Sandra appeared to have endured the ordeal with no long lasting injuries.

Sheriff Dryden commends all of the Family and friends of Sandra, volunteer searchers, as well as members of the Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Township of Minong Constable. All of the search teams and volunteer searchers were working in a very rugged wooded area and all of their “don’t give up attitudes” resulted in successfully finding Sandra Casler in good condition.

Sheriff, Terry Dryden
Washburn County


SHELL LAKE, Wis. (WASHBURN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE) --On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a female with dementia who had walked away from her residence. SANDRA CASLER, age 69, was last seen at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, near her residence located on Big McKenzie Road in Washburn County. Sandra is described as approximately 5’5”, 120 lbs, brown eyes, with brown hair that is graying. Sandra is wearing blue jeans, a multicolored shirt over a pink t-shirt, and slip-on shoes that contain a velcro buckle. Sandra is in very good physical condition and is accustomed to walking; however, Sandra is suffering from dementia, which has led to her being disoriented and confused.

A search for Sandra was initiated on October 2, 2013, by family and friends of Sandra, Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputies, Department of Natural Resources personnel, and numerous other law enforcement officers. This search of the area surrounding Sandra’s residence was scaled back due to darkness on Wednesday evening. Sheriff patrols continued to canvass the area throughout the night, but have so far been unsuccessful in locating Sandra.

Numerous search teams by law enforcement and DNR staff have been reinitiated on today’s date, Thursday, October 3, 2013, to continue both field searches and door-to-door canvassing of the area near Big McKenzie Lake. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office is currently not requesting additional volunteer assistance, but would like the public aware of the situation. Sheriff Terry Dryden urges anyone with possible information regarding Sandra, or an unknown female they may have observed walking in the Big McKenzie area, to please notify the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 468-4720. Sheriff Dryden is hopeful that through the efforts of the search teams, concerned citizens, and the family and friends of Sandra, that Sandra will be located soon.

Sheriff, Terry Dryden
Washburn County

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