Update - April 21, 2015 - The recovery operation will resume today. River search operations were suspended last week due to high water, but river bank searches have continued and cadaver dog teams from Wisconsin K9SOS Search and Rescue and K9 Emergency Response Team (KERT) aided in the efforts.
Update - April 13, 2015 - Richland Center, WI: The recovery operation continued this past weekend to locate 5-year-old Angela Girton who fell into the Wisconsin River on April 6, 2015. Her body has not been found at this time.
Richland County Emergency Management and Lone Rock Fire were assisted by the following agencies: Cazenovia Fire Department, Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin State Patrol, Sauk County Dive team, Blue River Fire Department, Iowa County Emergency Management, local ARES/RACES Amateur Radio Group, Richland County Sherriff’s Department, Lone Rock EMS and many members of the public.
Saturday’s efforts included 5 boat teams, 2 kayak teams, 2 cadaver dog teams, and a search plane that scanned from Angela’s point of entry to Wauzeka and back. Bruce’s Legacy and the Sauk County Dive Team worked the area with zero visibility, high water and strong currents. Sunday’s efforts included 3 boat teams and Bruce’s Legacy collecting and analyzing additional sonar images.
Today, members of the search team will coordinate morning and evening times to continue the search. Wisconsin DNR Wardens will also continue to search the river as they are out on normal duty. The recovery efforts have been scaled back due to zero visibility, high water and strong currents. Richland County Emergency Management will be working with the National Weather Service and Prairie du Sac dam to monitor the flow and depth of the river. Once it comes down, we will re-deploy divers and reinstate search efforts; including the assistance of cadaver dog teams.
The public is welcome to search the area from the Gotham boat landing to Boscobel. Due to the high water and fast current, we ask that those searching follow all necessary safety precautions. If anyone discovers her body, please mark the location with a flag or ribbon and call the Richland County Sherriff’s Department at 608-647-2106. Additional information will be released as soon as it is made available.
Update - April 10th, 5:30 p.m. - Richland Center, WI: The recovery operation continues to locate 5-year-old Angela Girton who fell into the Wisconsin River Monday night. Her body has not been found at this time. The sonar images that were collected and analyzed by Bruce’s Legacy yesterday were unsuccessful in locating her today. These recovery efforts will continue again tomorrow
Update - April 8th 5:30 p.m. -Richland Center, WI: The recovery operation continues to locate 5-year-old Angela Girton who fell into the Wisconsin River Monday night. Her body has not been found at this time. The Madison Police Department has offered the assistance of a trained cadaver dog to aid the Lone Rock Fire Department and Richland County Emergency Management in their continued search
Update - April 8th -The recovery operation continues to locate 5-year-old Angela Girton, parents Jennifer Christianson and Corey Girton, of Lone Rock.
BREAKING! - (See video above) 4/7/15 Richland Center , WI: At approximately 6:15pm last night a four year old female fell into the north side of the Wisconsin River near the east side of the boat landing in Gotham. Lone Rock Fire and EMS were dispatched at approximately 6:30pm and were assisted by Spring Green Fire, Blue River Fire, Cazenovia Fire, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Richland County Emergency Management. The search for the child was discontinued at 9:00pm due to darkness and weather conditions affecting visibility.
The search resumed this morning at 6:30am. Lone Rock Fire and EMS is currently being assisted by Spring Green Fire, Blue River Fire, Cazenovia Fire, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Richland County Emergency Management. DNR Wardens are searching by both boat and plane, and the Baraboo Police Department is searching with a drone.
4/7/15 11am update: The Sauk County Dive Team and Iowa County Tech Rescue Team are in route to assist in the search.
Officials understand the emotional impact this has on our community and appreciates all the help that concerned citizens have offered. However, at this time we are asking for people not to self deploy, as there are plenty of resources out on the water. -