November 14, 2003
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- A search Thursday failed to find two
teenage boys who disappeared after going duck hunting on Lake Winnebago as
severe winds hit the area Wednesday.
The search was suspended after darkness set in. The
jonboat used by the boys, both from Oshkosh, was found about 2 p.m. across
the lake on the eastern shore near Pipe in Fond du Lac County.
Sgt. John Zimmerman of the Winnebago County Sheriff's
Department said the teens, one 16 and the other 14, were presumed dead.
Their names were not released Thursday.
The sheriff's department began the search Wednesday night
after a parent alerted emergency dispatchers that the boys hadn't returned
from an after-school duck-hunting trip. At the time, winds across much of
Wisconsin were gusting as high as 40 to 50 mph as temperatures dropped.
After the initial search failed to find the boys,
sheriff's officers, volunteers and other emergency workers returned to the
lakeshore in the town of Black Wolf at 7 a.m. Thursday and searched by land,
air and water.