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Janesville man's body found in grain silo


MILTON (WKOW) -- The body of a Janesville man was recovered Friday night in a grain silo.

According to the City of Milton Police Department, the efforts at the United Ethanol plant were unsuccessful. About 11:15 p.m. on Friday, the body of 27-year-old Jerad Guell was recovered.

Sixteen fire departments, two law enforcement agencies and more than 100 public safety personnel had been on scene trying to rescue the man.

Guell had been an employee of the plant for approximately seven years and is survived by a wife and a young son.


MILTON (WKOW) -- Milton police continue to search for the man they believe fell into a grain silo at United Ethanol.

They were called to the scene just before 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Authorities say the silo had 140,000 bushels of corn in it, which has made the search much harder because they had to drain it.

They are not releasing his name at this time but they believe he is 28-years-old.

First responders from sixteen fire departments, two law enforcement agencies and OSHA have responded.


MILTON (WKOW) -- Milton Police say the search continues for a United Ethanol employee inside a grain silo.

Several area fire departments were called to the site for an industrial accident just before 10:30 a.m. Friday. Police say rescuers have been pulling corn out of the silo as quickly as possible and even cut a hole in the silo at one point. They still have not found the man.

"He was in there working when it happened and what exactly transpired from there, that's what were trying to figure out with our investigation," Milton Police Lt. John Conger says.

Police have not released the man's identity, but believe he is 28 years old.


MILTON (WKOW) -- Milton police indefinitely postponed a news conference, previously scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Friday, regarding the search for a missing man at the United Ethanol plant in Milton.  Police say rescuers are still on the scene and cannot predict how much longer the rescue operation will take.


MILTON (WKOW) -- Milton Police tell WKOW Channel 27 that the rescue process is ongoing at United Ethanol in Milton, where an employee is believed to be trapped in a grain silo.

Police say they got a call around 10:20 a.m. Friday regarding an industrial accident and missing employee at the plant, at 1250 Chicago Street in Milton.

Police tell 27 News reporter Danielle Lama the employee is male, but have revealed no further information about him. Officers are interviewing United Ethanol workers, and say many area fire and police agencies are working on rescuing the man. They also say it's unclear how long this rescue operation will last.

A news conference is tentatively scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Friday and authorities say no other information will be released before that time.

Stay tuned to www.wkow.com for the latest on this developing story. Danielle Lama will have reports in 27 News at 5 and 6.




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