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Postby scott_bentley » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:06 pm

Body Recovery Case Study by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Thomas W Wrasse, Conservation Warden Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.wi.gov/


Law enforcement officers around the world are called to provide a variety of public services. All too often these services include looking for lost and missing persons, rescuing those in danger and occasionally having to do a body recovery. In cases where someone has lost their life, prompt response greatly facilitates in making a speedy recovery. The sooner a recovery can take place the sooner families can bring closure to the misfortune.

With the advent of the “mini” ROV, transportation and deployment of necessary gear and personnel in response to human tragedy is minimized. Room is only needed for an operator, an assistant and the equivalent of a couple suitcases.

In this case overview a missing person call turned to tragedy becoming a body recovery. After hours of searching open fields and forests some garments of clothing were located along the shore of a lake. The sheriff’s department dive team was called in to the location. Once darkness set in the dive team terminated their efforts for the day. A ROV was deployed to the location equipped with scanning sonar and lights. The operator and gear were quickly loaded onto a boat and the victim was recovered within an hour.
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Postby scott_bentley » Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:56 pm

Water got into Tom’s veins at a very early age as he grew up south of Oshkosh, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Winnebago, one of the nations largest inland lakes. It was the daily experiences associated with outdoor activities that inspired him to pursue a career that was aimed at protecting those same resources. Tom began his law enforcement career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) as a conservation warden in 1984. In 1988 he was promoted to warden supervisor and stationed in the relatively dry southwest portion of Wisconsin. In 1991 Tom was able to transfer to the water rich warden supervisor position in northern Wisconsin and holds that position yet today. Tom supervises nine permanent conservation wardens across a region of four counties that encompasses over 2700 lakes.

Since obtaining their first VideoRay, a PRO 3 GTO, in 2006 the WDNR Conservation Wardens are finding themselves diving into a niche of specialized underwater investigation. Tom leads the team of operators for the WDNR and is very excited about the role they are taking on with other agencies across the state. To date the WDNR owns three VideoRay’s, the PRO 3 and two PRO 4’s.

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