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Authorities search overnight for man walking in cold

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Monday night, shortly before 8:30, Rock County Sheriff's deputies were called to the intersection of N. Little Road and County Highway A for a report of a man stumbling on the roadway.

At that time, the temperature outside was two degrees with a wind-chill of -14. 

Authorities say a passerby, who was driving on CTH A, observed a white male wearing a tan coat with dark pants.  The man appeared to have difficulty keeping his balance, sometimes falling on the roadway.  The individual was said to be in his late 40's to late 50's, approximately six feet tall, 220-230 pounds, with dark or gray facial hair.  He was last seen at 8:28 p.m. cutting across a field.  Deputies were in the area within six minutes.

Janesville Police Department's K-9 was asked to assist and attempted to track the individual.  City of Janesville Fire Department also responded with a thermal imaging device in order to locate the subject's heat source.  Deputies continued to search ditch lines and fields in the surrounding area.  The DNR also assisted with the deployment of their thermal imaging equipped airplane.

The extensive searched ended at 4:24 a.m., with no subject found.

Anyone with information that would help determine the individual's well-being is asked to contact the Rock County 911 Center non-emergency number of (608) 757-2244.

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