Archives for November 2013

Model T found in Mississippi River muck in Winona; is anyone inside?

Written by Paul Walsh about our Model T found near Winona. We are hoping to see if anyone has any information as to how it gt there. It’s been fun to see where this goes and what could possibly be found if the car is eventually raised out of the water.

A Model T Ford is sitting upside down in the Mississippi River near Winona, Model T

At least half of the car is buried in the river’s sandy bottom about 20 feet below the surface and a short distance downstream from the Hwy. 43 bridge that connects Minnesota and Wisconsin, said Winona County Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude.

The car, which must be at least 86 years old, was first discovered on Oct. 9, during the demonstration of a sonar scanning device, Ganrude said.

Three weeks later, the device’s owner and members of the county dive team returned and recorded video images of the car sitting 150 to 200 feet offshore.

The passenger compartment is buried in the muck and debris, said Keith Cormican, of Black River Falls, Wis., who owns the torpedo-shaped scanner that is towed near the riverbed by a boat above.

Cormican, who with the others dove down to the vehicle, said he can’t say one way or another whether there’s anyone in the car.

“That part of vehicle is buried in the sand,” said Cormican, who owns Wazee Sports and is using the device in support of to help families search for loved ones lost in bodies of water.

“I went down with a video camera and lights and took video of it,” he said. “The two wheels are on the passenger side, and the two wheels on the driver side are off.”

Ganrude said that since word first circulated of the car’s existence, “people have been calling [Sheriff Dave Brand] who remember things from long ago. He’s heard three of four different stories for why the car is there.”

Cormican said he’s not sure when the car will be pulled to dry land, saying, “That’s where the sheriff has to make the call.” The sheriff is away deer hunting this week.

Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 1-507-457-6368.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

Nothing found in Hampton Iowa except great people

This is an update to the Ethan Kazmerak search in Hampton Iowa.

We searched several ponds and a lake but came up with nothing of interest. Ethan’s car has been missing since the same night he has been missing. We though maybe there was a chance we would uncover a car or something to provide the authorities a clue as to his whereabouts. Unfortunately for them and the Kazmerak family, we found nothing except a couple boats in Beeds Lake.

We must give thanks to the Hampton Chief of Police Mr. Schaeffer, Franklin County Sheriff Richtmeier, and Franklin County EMA Coordinator Mr. Craighton for their fantastic cooperation. We also had the pleasure of meeting Ethan’s Mom, April. What a beacon of shining light she is given her circumstances. Our positive energy is with her and the Kazmerak family to find Ethan so they can put this episode behind them.

 Using a side scan sonar form a flat bottom boat

Ethan Kazmerak Missing-Hampton Iowa

Ethan Kazmerak Missing Hampton Iowa

Article written by Mary Peeper…. Hampton | A search and recovery organization from Wisconsin searched Beeds Lake and several ponds Friday for a Hampton man who has been missing since Sept. 15.

Ethan Kazmerzak, 22, was last seen at a party near the intersection of 190th Street and Nettle Avenue in rural Franklin County.

Bruce’s Legacy, which operates through grants and donations, used a L-3 Klein 3900 system which is an extremely high resolution digital sonar, Hampton Police Chief Bob Schaefer stated in a press release.

“Unfortuantely, noting was uncovered in the search,” he said.

The team from Bruce’s Legacy was assisted by the Hampton Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin County Emergency Management.

Bruce’s Legacy began its nonprofit work by assisting in the search for a missing college student in Wisconsin’s Chippewa River this spring.

Schaefer is asking anyone with information about Kazmerzak’s whereabouts or his disapperance to call the Hampton Police Department at 641-456-2529.

— By Mary Pieper

Ethan Kazmerak Search in Hampton Iowa

Today we are headed to Hampton Iowa to conduct a search for Ethan Kazmerak who has been missing since September 15th, 2013. There is no last scene point nor indication he is in the water. This is another ‘needle in a haystack’ search. We feel our attempt to clear the local ponds and lakes will aid the authorities and the Kazmerak family in their unanswered questions.

A dive team had already searched a pond where Ethan had been the night before his disappearance and found nothing. The area has several small ponds we intend to scan.

Hampton Iowa Search for Ethan Kazmerak

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