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UPDATE: Body believed to be that of missing Chippewa Co. man found

Adolph Koutny, approximately 63-years-old in this photo Adolph Koutny, approximately 63-years-old in this photo
Koutny's house Koutny's house

Chippewa County (News Release) - On 4/15/14 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a body believed to be that of Adolph Koutny was found by a person walking a wooded area north and east of the original search area in the Town of Colburn.

Koutny was reported missing on August 29, 2013 and an extensive search was conducted of the area around his residence of 28334 155th Avenue Cornell WI .

Remains will be sent in to confirm identification, no foul play is suspected.


Chippewa County (WQOW) - After a second day with no success, a local sheriff's department says it's calling off the search for a missing man in Chippewa County.

The sheriff's department says given the extreme heat and age of the man, there's no chance he survived.

83-year old Adolph Koutny is from Cornell and law enforcement says he may have been missing since Monday. One clue was that his mail had been piling up.

The sheriff's department says it covered 180 acres on foot and with dogs. The State Patrol also joined the search by air Friday.            

According to the sheriff's department, Koutny isn't the type to venture far from his property, where he lives alone. They say Koutny didn't have a driver's license and relied on neighbors for rides. The sheriff's department says based on interviews with neighbors he wouldn't have gone anywhere but into the woods.

Again, the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says they will no longer search for Koutny and that the family is in agreement with the decision. 


Chippewa Co. (WQOW) - Search efforts continue Friday in Chippewa County for a missing elderly man. Neighbors say they haven't seen him in several days.

Adolph Koutny is an 83-year-old man from Cornell. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department has been working with other agencies to search the area around his home.

"There's no suspicious activity going on here, we're not thinking that at all," said Captain Gene Gutsch of the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department.

According to the sheriff's department, Koutny wasn't the type to venture far from his property.

"He always went out picking mushrooms and blackberries. And there's an apple tree out in the woods that I see the apples are gone so evidently he picked them," said Joseph Muske, Adolph's neighbor.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says Koutny may have been missing since Monday; one clue is that his mail has been piling up. They say he doesn't have a cell phone and relies on neighbors for rides.

"Just yesterday I said that door hasn't been open in quite a few days," Muske said. He joined a neighbor in looking into the situation further.

"We looked in the house, you know, because the door was locked. And he wasn't in there, so we suspected he might be out somewhere," Muske explained.

The Wisconsin State Patrol joined the search by air Friday. More than a dozen others searched on foot.

"Were continuing to section off the property here, which is probably in excess of 80 acres or more of wooded area and it's surrounded by woods or other croplands. The actual terrain, the underbrush is quite thick at this point," added Gutsch.

The neighbor who called authorities says Koutny was a quiet man who was familiar with the area.

"He took care of himself, he was able bodied. He lived on this farm his entire life, so he knew it."

Police searched his home Thursday, but with no clues to speak of inside, the search continues outside.

At this point, the Chippewa County Sheriff's department is not looking for volunteers to assist in the search effort. Koutny is around 5'4" tall and weighs about 160 pounds. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department at (715) 726-7701.


Chippewa Co. (WQOW) - Several agencies have been called in to help search for an elderly man who hasn't been seen in several days.

Chippewa County authorities say neighbors called them because they haven't seen Adolph Koutny in the last four days.  Koutny is 83 years old and lives in a home by himself, south of Cornell.

On Thursday night, investigators searched the man's home with dogs and had no success. On Friday morning, search crews gathered including teams with dogs from Eau Claire County and Barron County, the Cornell Fire Department and the State Patrol sent up a plane to search by air.

Description: Koutny is 5'4" and roughly 160 pounds with a slender build, white hair and a thin beard. He is known to go into the woods hunting mushrooms.

Koutny does not have a cell phone or vehicle and relied on neighbors to get around.

No recent photos of Koutny are available. Authorities are not asking for volunteers to help with the search at this time.


Chippewa County (Press Release) - The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department will resume their search today for a missing elderly man from the rural Cornell area.

On Thursday 08/29/2013 around 3 p.m. neighbors of Adolph Koutny called the Sheriff's Office asking we check on him as they have not heard from him for several days.

Deputies found no one at the residence although mail and other items have not been taken care of for approximately four days.

It is believed Koutny, 83, left his residence on foot. Search parties from the Cornell Fire Department, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office and a private canine handler from Barron County assisted in the search.

The search will resume in the area of Koutny's residence 28334 155th Ave in the Town of Arthur later Friday morning.

Missing person

Adolph NMI Koutny

Date of Birth: June 25, 1930

Description: Height 5'4"

Weight: 160 lbs.

No photograph available at this time

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