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UPDATE: Missing Richland Co. man's body found

RICHLAND COUNTY (WKOW) --- The Richland County Sheriff's Department says they have found the body of Ross Phillips.

Officials found Phillips deceased just after 1 p.m. Thursday.  His vehicle was found earlier in the morning and his body was found less than a mile from his vehicle.  Officers found a set of footprints near the vehicle and brought in the County K-9 department to search.

Foul play is not suspected. Officials believe his death to be related to his conditions of dementia and Parkinson's Disease.


RICHLAND COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Richland County Sheriff's Department says they found the car of Ross Phillips in Dayton Township. Phillips was not found with his car.

Phillips was reported as a missing and endangered person Monday afternoon by his family. At about 8:00 a.m. on Thursday morning a local citizen reported seeing what he thought was Phillips' car parked on Shannon's Way in Dayton Township, which is about four miles west of Richland Center.

Deputies checked the area and did find Phillips' car, but did not find Phillips.

According to the Sheriff, a K-9 unit was called to the scene to do an initial search. Since then, a larger search using other personnel at the scene has started. Sheriff's Deputies are being helped by the Richland Center Volunteer Fire Department, the Richland County Highway Department, the Richland County Ambulance Service, the Richland County Emergency Government Director, and other emergency staff.

Family and law enforcement members say Phillips may be in danger because he does suffer from dementia. He is white, 86-years-old, stands five-feet-four-inches tall and weighs about 160-pounds. Phillips has gray hair and brown eyes.

If you see or have any contact with Phillips, please call your local law enforcement agency or the Richland County Sheriff's Department at 608-647-2106.


RICHLAND COUNTY (WKOW) -- Richland County officials are widening their search Tuesday for an elderly Sylvan Township man who suffers from Parkinson's disease and dementia.

According to Richland County Sheriff Darrell Berglin, 86-year-old Ross Phillips of County Highway U in rural Soldiers Grove in western Richland County, was reported missing by family members on Monday afternoon.

County officials, family members and neighbors are also very concerned about his health - as Phillips relies on medication to treat his advanced stage of dementia and Parkinson's Disease.

The Sheriff says they believe Ross Phillips left his home driving the family car with a full tank of gas after 7 p.m. Sunday night. The car is described as a brown 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix, with Wisconsin license plate number 638-CKS.


The Sheriff says an extensive search of the area is being conducted by neighbors, family and deputies.

The Sheriff is now asking for the general public's help in locating Ross Philips or his vehicle. Family and neighbors have also been alerted to the situation to look for leads to his whereabouts. The Sheriff's department has alerted other law enforcement officials across Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois to be on the look-out for Phillips and his vehicle.


Ross Phillips is being described as a white male, 5-feet, 4-inches tall, 160-pounds, gray hair and brown eyes. People who may have had contact with him are asked to recall if Phillips had made any comments recently about going anywhere. Others who may know him or the described vehicle's whereabouts are asked to contact their local law enforcement or the Richland County Sheriff's Department at 608-647-2106.

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