Sheriff says rescue personnel used drone, cell phone apps to locate missing man in Hillsboro area

HILLSBORO, Wis. – Vernon County Sheriff Roy Torgerson reports the Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a report of a missing person early Friday morning, November 24, at
approximately 1:30 a.m., in rural Hillsboro, WI.

At approximately 1:00 a.m, a 65-year-old male with a memory-related medical
condition, that would meet the criteria of a Silver Alert, had wandered away from a
residence on Pacl Lane, in the town of Greenwood, where he was visiting family for

The deputy sheriff who arrived at the scene noted a temperature of eighteen degrees
Fahrenheit and it was unknown if the missing person’s clothing was adequate for the
weather. The Hillsboro Fire Department and Hillsboro Area Ambulance were dispatched
to the scene to assist with the search. Vernon County Emergency Management, the
Hillsboro Police Department, and the La Farge Fire Department were requested for
unmanned aerial vehicle support.

The Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatchers provided much-needed support and utilized
programs such as Prepared Live, what3words, and other systems to help coordinate the

At approximately 2:30 a.m., the missing man was located near a staging area. He was
evaluated, refused transport, and reunited safely with his family.

Sheriff Torgerson would like to thank the quick and efficient actions of his staff at the
Sheriff’s Office, Hillsboro Fire Department, Hillsboro Area Ambulance, Vernon County
Emergency Management, the Hillsboro Police Department, and the La Farge Fire
Department. Also assisting was the Houston County Sheriff’s Office in Caledonia, MN.

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