UPDATE: The search for a missing 10-year-old Baraboo girl came to a tragic end late Tuesday morning when her body was discovered in a rural farm area, not far from her home.
According to the Baraboo Police Department, Kodie B. Dutcher was found dead in a field near County Hwy. T and 12th Street, which is less than a mile from her home.
Kodie was last seen wearing blue jean overalls around 4 p.m. Monday, in the 1100 block of 12th Street, in Baraboo, officials say. An initial search of her home turned up indications that Kodie may have been threatening to harm herself.
A spokesperson for the Baraboo Police Department Lt. Ryan La Broscian could not confirm if the pills the family believes Kodie took had anything to do with the cause of her death.
Officers, joined by members of the Baraboo Fire Dept. and the Wisconsin Dells K-9 force, immediately began searching the area around the apartment complex and were later aided by drone teams from the Sauck Co. Sheriff’s Office and Middleton Fire Dept.
On Tuesday, with the help of scores of volunteers who came to help out in the effort, searchers started a secondary search of the immediate area.
During a news conference earlier Tuesday, La Broscian said Kodie and her family moved to Wisconsin in April and she was only in school for about two weeks before the coronavirus pandemic forced classes to be canceled. Her mom told police that, “Kodie was happy here,” and even mentioned she was looking forward to a camping trip.
La Broscian noted that Kodie had a Snapchat account, but there was nothing out of the ordinary posted to it and nothing has been uploaded since the time she disappeared. Previously, authorities had noted that Kodie had left her cell phone and shoes at home.
BREAKING: The body of a missing 10-year-old Baraboo girl has been found, according to Sauk County officials.
BARABOO, Wis. (WFRV) – An AMBER Alert has been issued for a missing 10-year-old girl.
According to the statewide alert, Kodie Dutcher of Baraboo was last seen around 4 p.m. on Monday, July 6. She is suspected to have taken an unknown amount of pills and may be suicidal.
Kodie is described as 4’9″ and about 110 lbs. She has blond hair, blue eyes, and was last seen wearing overall pants.
Emergency crews say they checked the area surrounding the 1100 block of 12th Street in Baraboo. Authorities say Kodie left behind her cellphone and shoes. She is believed to be traveling on foot.
Anyone with information on Kodie’s whereabouts is asked to contact Baraboo Police at 608-963-5622 or their local law enforcement.