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Monday, October 23, 2017

Personal items found near Highway 10 bridge triggers search of area Sunday

Law enforcement from Minnesota and Wisconsin conducted a water search of the area around the Highway 10 Bridge in Prescott Sunday after personal property was found on the bridge.

At about 9:40 a.m. Prescott Police were notified that personal property had been found on the north sidewalk about one-third of the way to Minnesota from the Wisconsin side of the bridge, including a medium blue Pac Tech Performance jacket, a pair of "cheater-type" glasses and a neck band commonly used to keep the neck area warm.

Water patrol and dive units were summoned to search the area below the bridge, while the Minnesota State Patrol conducted air search support by helicopter. Nothing was located during the water search which warranted further investigation at the time. Side scan sonar and submersibles were used in the search. There was no evidence of foul play, nor was any identification located with the property.

"It is highly unusual to find personal property midway on the bridge walk, so we initiated a search of the water below the bridge," Interim Prescott Police Chief RobFunk said in the news release. "There is nothing at this point to suggest anyone fell into the St. Croix from the bridge, however with lower water temperatures and given circumstances, this was a possibility we wanted to eliminate sooner rather than later."

Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Pierce County Sheriff's Department Water Patrol, Pierce County Dive Team, Washington County Sheriff's Department and Water Patrol, Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources, Minnesota State Patrol helicopter and Prescott Fire assisted Prescott Police with the water search.

If anyone has any information regarding the owner of these items, contact Prescott Police at 715-262-5512.

Items found on the Highway 10 Bridge in Prescott

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