**UPDATE**

Authorities have released the name of the driver who died on Sunday in Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff's Office identifies the deceased as 52-year-old Brian Medek from rural Centuria Wisconsin.


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Driver Found Deceased After Authorties Respond To Vehicle In A Pond

POLK COUNTY -- A driver of an SUV that was discovered submerged in a pond in Polk County was found deceased in the water, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Press Release

On Sunday, June 7th 2020, at 0639 hours, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a vehicle in a pond in the area of Highway 46 near the intersection of 150th Avenue, in the Town of Balsam Lake. It was reported that a Jeep SUV was submerged with only the roof showing above the water.

Upon arrival, Deputies and members of the Balsam Lake First Responder unit found the vehicle was unoccupied with the drivers’ door open. At that time there was no sign of the driver.

On 6-8-2020 at approximately 9:30 am the driver of the vehicle, was reported to still be missing as he had not returned home. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Game Wardens were asked to assist with their remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to search the pond.

At approximately 1830 hours, the Wardens advised that they had located the driver of the SUV submerged in the pond. The driver was located approximately 10 to 15 yards away from where the SUV had come to rest in the water.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Balsam Lake Fire and First Responders, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance.

This incident will be under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Name will be released at a later time.


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