Discovery of abducted women giving hope to family of missing Jackson Co. man

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

JACKSON COUNTY, Wisc. (WEAU) - An unusual discovery is bringing to hope to families with missing loved ones.

Three women who had been missing more than a decade escaped a home in Cleveland.

On Tuesday, F.B.I. agents along with local law enforcement were at the home near downtown Cleveland looking for evidence in the bizarre abductions.

Investigators are still piecing together information on the women's years of captivity, which reportedly included physical and sexual abuse.

The homeowner and two brothers have been arrested in connection with the alleged abductions.

The Cleveland case is giving families and investigators new hope.

“As soon as my phone rings and it's a number I don't recognize of course, I want to answer it and wish that it's him,” Simone Tepoz Zane said, whose son Gene Cloud Jr. has been missing for more than one year.

Cloud, 21, was last seen on a snowy Jan. 25, 2012, about three miles north of Interstate 94 on Highway O in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said an officer saw the car he was driving in the ditch, and pulled over to talk to him. But Cloud then took off, running into the woods, and was never seen again.

Tepoz Zane said he did have some minor warrants for truancy in school but that it doesn't explain why he wouldn't make his way home.

“People can say whatever they want to. But that's just not like my son to be like that. He would be either in contact with me, or his brother or sister every day, or every other day. It's just not like him to not to even respond to us,” she said.

A search from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office using dogs and another with members of the Ho Chunk Nation came up with nothing but foot prints; a disappointment to both investigators and family.

“Jackson County didn't want to keep trying. It's like they're not trying to find him in the woods and there's no help from them at all,” Tepoz Zane said.

“I’m sorry if the family believes we didn't do enough, but I’d have to say, we try to do everything we can and continue to look and follow up on info,” Jackson County Chief Deputy Mark Moan said.

Tepoz Zane said she's still handing out fliers, waiting to find out what happened, and is encouraged by the women found alive in Cleveland.

“Being a mother, of course I feel things and feel like he's still alive. I know he's still alive. I don't feel he's passed on. I know there's hope that he's out there and hope he comes home soon,” she said.

“When there are successful cases and people are located and returned back to their families, I think it is a positive thing and it is something that we can look at and say, ‘Hey, there is hope,’” Moan said.

Gene Cloud Jr. is described as having black hair, brown eyes, is about 5’8” tall, weighing 140 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at (715) 284-5357 or the Ho Chunk Nation Police Department at (715) 284-2658.

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