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Kaukauna man reported missing in Madison

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:12:25 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 09:18:59 AM CST
Charles Geurts

Charles Geurts

MADISON, Wis. -

Police are seeking help from the public in locating a Kaukauna man who was last seen on Madison’s near south side Wednesday.

Madison police said Charles Geurts, 26, was last seen leaving the Sheraton Madison Hotel in the 700 block of John Nolan Drive at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said Geurts was in town for a conference at the Expo Center and was staying with a co-worker. The co-worker told police they came back from socializing early Wednesday morning, and when he woke up Geurts wasn’t there.

"He's staying in a room with a co-worker, and this co-worker tells us he knows at some point Mr. Geurts came back to the room early Wednesday morning. The co-worker went back to sleep. When he wakes up, it's clear to him Mr. Geurts never slept in the bed and had left the room again," said Joel DeSpain, spokesman for the Madison Police Department.

No foul play is suspected, but police said there’s concern for Geurts’ welfare because of the cold weather.

Police have combed through the Olin-Turville woods with K-9s and scanned Lake Monona as well.

Geurts is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and boots.

Police are asking residents who live along the John Nolen Drive corridor to check their detached garages and sheds just in case Geurts may have tried to find shelter in an outbuilding.

Police are also asking residents living near Waunona Way to also check their property as a bike path connects the area of disappearance to Waunona Way, and it's possible Geurts could have walked in that direction.

"If anyone who lives along Lake Monona, anyone who drives along John Nolen Drive, works in businesses in that corridor, just think back. Have you seen someone matching this description? If you've seen him, his picture is out there. Please let us know," DeSpain said.

Madison police stopped their search after sundown Thursday but the search resumed Friday morning. Police said they're unsure where to search next because 48 hours after Geurts went missing, he could be just about anywhere.

"At this point, we just don't have a second clue other than him leaving the hotel. We don't know where he could've gone," DeSpain said.

Jerry Geurts of Cross Plains, Charles' uncle, said his nephew is an easygoing but hardworking man.

Most of his family lives in the Appleton area, Jerry Geurts said by telephone late Thursday. He said his nephew graduated with a degree in agribusiness before pursuing it as a career.

Anyone with information about Geurts’ whereabouts is asked to call Madison police at 608-266-4275.

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