BURNETT COUNTY -- The Burnett County Sheriff's Office says that they are no longer seeking witnesses regarding an early morning situation near the Burnett and Washburn County line after reports of a man being discovered laying on the road. 

(Press Release) -- Further investigation of this incident indicates that during the early morning hours of July 3, 2018, a 2007 Volkswagen Passat operated by James J. Merrill, 20, of Cumberland was travelling westbound on Swiss Chalet Road when he left the roadway and entered the north ditch east of County Road H.  Merrill stated that he left the scene of the crash and walked southbound on County H and was attempting to get passing vehicles to stop to give him a ride.

Merrill told investigators that while he was standing in the roadway attempting to stop a northbound vehicle, he fell down and lacerated his hand, then continued walking south on County Road H.  A passing motorist discovered Merrill laying in the roadway at 06:16 and called 911.  Merrill was transported by EMS to a hospital where he received medical treatment for his injury and was later released.

This incident remains under investigation; no additional witnesses are being sought by investigators at this time. 


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BURNETT COUNTY -- Authorities from Burnett County say that a man was discovered laying in the road in Burnett County and are asking that anyone with information about this incident should call the Sheriff's Office, according to a press released issued a short time ago.

(Press Release) -- Investigation continues into an incident that occurred early this morning in which an injured male subject was discovered laying in the roadway on County Road H south of County Road B in the Town of Dewey.

The injured subject was transported from the scene to a hospital by EMS; there is no update on his condition as of the time of this message.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is assisting the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office in its investigation, and no other details are being released at this time. 

Anyone who was travelling in this area between 05:15 and 06:15 this morning that may have information regarding this incident is asked to call the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office at 715-349-2121.

Per Chief Deputy Scott Burns, Burnett County Sheriff's Office


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