Forum News Service, Published December 27 2013
Missing Illinois man found dead in WisconsinSHELL LAKE, Wis. – The body of a missing Illinois man was found Friday a half-mile from his truck, which was partially submerged in a creek in northwestern Wisconsin.
Edward Steinhardt, 30, of Naperville, Ill., is believed to have died from exposure after getting wet when his truck broke through the ice, getting out and walking away, according to the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office.
On Thursday afternoon, the sheriff’s office received a call from a St. Louis business owner, reporting that an employee driving a company truck had been missing since Monday.
On Friday, deputies searched the Dilly Lake area with help from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the county’s forestry unit.
The missing truck was found at the south end of the lake, in Potato Creek. The truck had frozen water up to the seat level inside the truck, but the driver was not inside, the sheriff’s office reported.
Steinhardt’s body was found a half-mile south in the brushy bottomland along Potato Creek.