UPDATE: Columbia Co. crews find body of missing teen

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) -- A 17-year-old who went missing from a campground in Columbia County has been found dead.

County Sheriff Dennis Richards says Thomas Biggs, of Beloit, was last seen between 4 and 5 p.m. Friday near the family's trailer at Blackhawk Park near Portage.

Richards says a dive team found Biggs in 13 to 15 feet of water in a pond at about 2 p.m. Sunday, not far from the trailer where the family had been celebrating the holiday.

The sheriff says it appears the teen drowned but an autopsy on Monday or Tuesday will provide more details. Richards says the family indicated that he could swim.

AP-WF-07-06-14 2118GMT

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From the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has located the body of the missing 17 year old male (Thomas A. Biggs DOB 03-12-97). He was last seen in the Blackhawk Park area near Portage at 5 pm on July 4th, 2014.

The Columbia County Dive Team located the body in a pond across from the road from where the family was camping. It appears that Thomas Biggs had drowned. Sheriff Richards doesn’t expect that foul play was involved.

The investigation will continue as an autopsy will be performed.

Sheriff Dennis E Richards

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Law enforcement and fire crews are searching for a 17-year-old from Beloit who went missing in Columbia County.

According to the county sheriff's department, Thomas Biggs was last seen on at about 5 p.m. Friday at Blackhawk Park near Portage.

Searchers from the Portage Fire Department, Wisconsin Department Natural Resources, Wisconsin State Patrol and Columbia County Volunteer Dive Team are looking in the park and nearby Wisconsin River.

Biggs was last seen wearing gray shorts with an orange stripe and possibly a black shirt. He was not wearing shoes and did not have a cellphone with him.

AP-WF-07-06-14 1856GMT


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