The search for a missing elderly Winter man has been suspended by the Sawyer County Search & Rescue unit, following an intensive effort that failed to locate the man over the Labor Day weekend.
The missing man, 89-year-old Norbert Anthony “Tony” Dantzman, has dementia and was reported missing from a Winter motel Friday, Aug. 30. The search was initiated Friday and continued through the weekend.
In a Facebook post Monday, Patricia Sanchez, Sawyer County Search & Rescue coordinator and emergency management director, said the extensive search had been unsuccessful.
“Sadly, after three days and nights of ground searches, ATVs, dogs, drones, cars, trucks, airplanes and helicopters there has been no trace of Uncle Tony Dantzman,” Sanchez posted.
“As everyone returns to their ‘normal’ lives, we are still hopeful there is someone out there who gave Tony a ride but who maybe didn’t know that he was a missing person, until now, and will come forward with a clue that will lead us to him.”
The Sawyer County Sheriff's Department on Saturday issued a Silver Alert for Dantzman, who was first reported missing from the Strouf Motel at 10 a.m. Friday. There is a belief that Dantzman may have been hitchhiking.
He had traveled to Wisconsin with his family for a family reunion and is believed to be without identification or any funds. Dantzman is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a gray beard and glasses. He was last seen wearing a gray hat with a Marine symbol on it, black pants, black shoes, a checkered shirt and black vest.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department at (715) 634-5213.