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Autopsy scheduled Tuesday for Schofield man

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Gazette staff
February 28, 2012
— An autopsy has been rescheduled to today in the death of a Schofield man found dead Sunday near the unincorporated community of Emerald Grove in eastern Rock County.

A trained searcher and a cadaver dog found the body of Lee A. Vesely, 36, at 10:32 a.m. in a wooded tree line 460 feet southeast of the site where his van crashed on Highway 14 west of Highway 140 in Bradford Township.


Foul play was not suspected.


The van crash was reported at 6:40 a.m. Thursday. Police searched the area immediately around the van that morning but found no signs of injury or foul play. A K-9 unit on Thursday night searched the crash site after Vesely's family reported him missing.


Authorities contacted hotels, hospitals and jails in southern Wisconsin. Vesely's family members went door to door in Emerald Grove to alert neighbors.


The search continued all weekend. The search included members of the Rock County Sheriff's Office Rock County Snowmobile Alliance, Clinton, Turtle and Delavan firefighters, a Wisconsin State Patrol airplane team, dogs and personnel from Wisconsin K-9 SOS and members of Whitewater Area Mounted Search Team and Rescue.


According to sheriff's office records, Vesely was driving west on Highway 14 and failed to make the right-handed curve just west of Highway 140. The van's tires went off the steep embankment on the south side of the road, and the van struck a traffic sign. The van continued into the ditch and sideswiped a tree with the drivers side quarter panel. Then the front corner of the passenger side of the vehicle struck a large tree. The van came to rest in a field facing southwest.


The van likely had been in the field for some time before it was reported Thursday morning because it was covered in frost when deputies arrived, according to a news release from the office.



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