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WI: Phone used to locate lost hunter

October 13, 2010

Phone used to locate lost hunter

A hunter who became disoriented Monday in the Kettle Moraine State Forest was located after authorities triangulated the position of his cell phone.

The search began about 10:40 p.m. after the 19-year-old Sheboygan man, Robert Ritt, contacted a friend to say he had lost his way and suffered a minor knee injury, Detective David Obremski of the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. Ritt told the friend the batteries on his cell phone were dying.

The friend contacted the sheriff's department, which in turn contacted the man's cell phone provider. The company triangulated Ritt's location by measuring the distance from his phone to various signal towers.

The Greenbush Fire Department responded to the location - near county highways A and Z in the Town of Greenbush - and found Ritt within less than an hour. Ritt declined medical attention.

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