Janesville Police looking for missing man, piecing together timeline

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Andrea Anderson
Sunday, May 11, 2014

JANESVILLE—The Janesville Police Department is looking for a missing man.

Gerald Hockensmith, 59, of Janesville, was last seen Thursday, May 1 at his apartment, 120 N. River St., according to police.

He may have been seen Thursday, May 8 near at Five Points Liquor Store, 600 W. Milwaukee St.

Hockensmith was reported missing by his roommate Wednesday, May 7, Sgt. Mike Blaser said.

He was wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants, and white tennis shoes. He is white, approximately 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Hockensmith primarily travels by foot and frequents convenience and liquor stores.

Police are investigating his disappearance "on its own merit," Blaser said.

Hockensmith's disappearance is at a time when Janesville authorities are investigating claims made by Clayton Courtney. 

Courtney, 28, is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after stabbing his roommate multiple times on May 4.

Before the stabbing, Courtney reportedly told a roommate he killed three people earlier.

"We're taking all the details about his (Hockensmith's) specific situation and his roommate's report and investing it solely on that claim," Blaser said. "We're not tying anything together at this point."

On Friday, police pulled the body of Mary Coulthard, 75, from the Rock River. She was last seen May 2. The search for her began May 3.

Police do not have any information linking Coulthard's death and Courtney at this time, Blaser said.

As part of the investigation into Hockensmith's disappearance, police are attempting to gather video footage from area locations. They are also trying to put together a timeline using information gathered about his habits and schedules to help find any leads.

This is routine when someone is reported missing, Blaser said.

If you know where Hockensmith is, or have seen him since May 1 or May 8, please call the police department at 608-755-3100.

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