WINTER– The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a missing persons case involving a California resident who went missing from the Winter Northern Lights Motel in Winter on Friday, Aug. 30.
Norbert Anthony "Tony" Dantzman, 89, was reported missing to the sheriff’s office on August 30. A former resident of the area, he had traveled from California to Winter with family members to attend a family centennial celebration.
Review of motel surveillance cameras show Dantzman leaving the motel on August 30 at approximately 9:00am. The last sighting of him is believed to have occurred at the Norwood Trailer Court in Winter where eyewitnesses indicated they observed an elderly male fitting Dantzman’s description walk through the trailer court and continue to walk north on Cty. Hwy. W.
Dantzman suffers from dementia and other cognitive issues and has been known to walk away in the past.
The sheriff’s office along with additional search resources from the region assisted in searching. Extensive searches of the immediate area were conducted using ground searches, canines, and areal support. Search efforts continued on August 31 and September 1 into the late evening hours. Local law enforcement, public transportation, hospitals, and area businesses where notified, and missing person bulletins (Silver Alerts) were issued both regionally and nationwide.
Ground searches resumed on Friday, Sept. 6, using members of the Sawyer County Search and Rescue Team, Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources personnel. Teams executed extensive grid searches and drone coverage of the area where Dantzman was believed to be last seen.
"At this time, efforts to locate or make contact with Dantzman have not been successful," said Sheriff Doug Mrotek.
Dantzman is 5’9” tall, 136 lbs., with brown eyes, gray hair, and glasses. He was last seen wearing a light-colored checkered shirt, black vest, black pants, black shoes, and light-colored cap.
"We are asking for the public’s help locating Mr. Dantzman," the sheriff said.
Anyone who has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, 715.634.5213.
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