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UPDATE: Lac du Flambeau tribe confirms body found in water, DOJ cancels missing person alertSubmitted: 05/17/2018
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UPDATE: Lac du Flambeau tribe confirms body found in water, DOJ cancels missing person alert
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - UPDATE 5/17/18 4:24 p.m.

On Thursday afternoon, the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Crime Alert Network cancelled its "Endangered Missing Person Alert" for 24- year- old Antonio Roche. Rouche was last seen in Lac du Flambeau May 5. The cancellation of the alert seems to indicate searchers are no longer looking for Roche.

At about 10 a.m. Thursday, searchers found a body in Pokegama Lake in Lac du Flambeau. However, the Lac du Flambeau tribe would not confirm whether the body was that of Roche. Spokeswoman Kim Swisher said the tribe is waiting for the Vilas County Sheriff's Office to report on the autopsy of the body before confirming an identity. That report is expected on Friday.


DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz said an unmanned submarine search tool found the body Thursday morning.

"It appears no suspicious circumstances exist at this time, but nothing has been ruled out," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Chief Bob Brandenburg in a press release.

K-9 searches on Wednesday indicated Roche's presence in some areas. That information was being used to guide Thursday's searches.

Roche was last seen in the Longs Point area on May 5. His father reported him missing eight days later.



UPDATE 5/17/18 1:10 p.m.


The Lac du Flambeau tribe confirmed Thursday afternoon searchers found a body in Pokegama Lake at about 10 a.m., but did not confirm the body was that of Antonio Roche, 24.

Earlier on Thursday, DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz told Newswatch 12 an unmanned submarine search tool found a body in a Lac du Flambeau area lake. In its early-afternoon press release, the Lac du Flambeau tribe said it is still working to determine if the body is Roche's.

"It appears no suspicious circumstances exist at this time, but nothing has been ruled out," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Chief Bob Brandenburg in the press release.

We will update this story once we have more information.



UPDATE 5/17/18 8 a.m.


The search for Antonio Roche, 24, continued Thursday morning in the Lac du Flambeau area.

The Lac du Flambeau tribe announced Thursday morning searchers are looking both on the water and on land for Roche. K-9 searches on Wednesday indicated Roche's presence in some areas. That information is being used to guide Thursday's searches.

Roche was last seen in the Longs Point area on May 5. His father reported him missing eight days later.

On Wednesday, an airplane from the Wisconsin State Patrol helped with the search. The tribe also reports using "sophisticated equipment," including drones, to look for him on Wednesday. It said the search will continue for the "foreseeable future" including airplanes and patrol boats.

If you have any information, call the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department at 715-588-7717 or the Vilas County Sheriff's Office 800-472-7290.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/15/18


Search and rescue teams spent hours on Tuesday searching for a missing Lac du Flambeau man. Twenty-four year old Antonio Roche was last seen in the Longs Point area on May 5. His father reported him missing on Sunday, May 13.

Law enforcement, along with friends of Roche's and community members, are working together to find him.

"It worries me so much that he's gone," said Zackary Bodeau.

Bodeau has been a friend of Antonio Roche's since childhood.

"He's missing and I don't know where he's at," said Bodeau. "It's almost like having a heart attack, the feeling."

Several search and rescue teams have been looking for Roche on both land and water.

"We don't want to leave any stone unturned," said Tribal Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Chapman Sr.

Chapman said many different search methods are being used.

"Initially we did a search of the area on foot with trained personnel," said Chapman, "We have since deployed three K9 search and rescue teams, and also a sheriff's department patrol boat that has specialized equipment on board."

Even some community members are now pitching in to help with the search.

"He's somebody's family, he's somebody's son, somebody's brother, he's part of our community," said Jared Poupart.

Poupart knows firsthand what it's like for a family member to go missing, after his own mother disappeared and was found murdered in 1990.

"It hurts, every day I wake up knowing that my mom's gone, and I don't want it to happen to another family," said Poupart.

Search and rescue crews hope that there is a good outcome to the search.

"We pray that he is found safe," said Chapman.

Bodeau asks the community for help finding his friend.

"If anyone out there knows where he's at, has any idea any clue," said Bodeau, "Please get a hold of the Lac du Flambeau Police Department."

The search teams plan to be back searching Wednesday morning. Chapman says Roche is not a fugitive, but there is a warrant out for his arrest in a misdemeanor case.

If anyone has any information about Antonio Roche's whereabouts, contact the Lac du Flambeau Police Department at 715-588-7717 or the Vilas County Sheriff's office 800-472-7290.
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Search crews in Lac du Flambeau are currently look for Antonio Monserra Roche, 24.

Roche was last seen on May 5 in the Longs Point area. Roche was reported missing by his father on May 13.

The Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police and Tribal Emergency Management Program are leading the search. Multiple agencies from the surrounding area have been called in to help.

Crews have done a preliminary search of the area. They are searching the water because there was still some ice around the time he was last seen.

If you have any information on where Roche is, call the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police at (715) 588-7717 or the Vilas County Sheriff's Office at (800) 742-7290.

Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Chapman says Roche is not a wanted fugitive.

Newswatch 12 has a reporter on scene. This story will be updated.

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