UPDATE (WKOW) -- Why Georgia Jean Weckler disappeared 66 years ago is still a mystery. Authorities were hoping to find answers at a dig site in Janesville this week, but they packed up without any new evidence Friday.
"We thought we were close this time," Rock County Sheriff's Office Cpt. Todd Christiansen said on the last day of the search. Investigators were forced to watch their hard work and determination go back into the ground after each sectioned off piece of the land was fully reviewed.
A tipster brought them to the site in Janesville in connection to the disappearance of 8-year-old Weckler from the driveway of her rural Fort Atkinson home back in 1947. "He is saying this is what he saw, this is where he thought it was at," Christiansen told 27 News about the tipster, though his identity still hasn't been released.
Christiansen says four dogs detected human remains on the site. Each day, 30 law enforcement officers from Rock and Jefferson counties were on location digging for anything from bones to a button all week. The city of Janesville lent some heavy equipment to make searching the soil go faster. Still, the lead has turned up empty.
It's not the first time this has happened. Investigators had leads in 1996 and 1999 that also didn't turn up any new evidence. They thought this time, it might be different.
"It was good information and it was backed up by the dogs and the dog handlers," Christiansen says.
The Rock County Sheriff's office may release more information about the information they received from the tipster. Christiansen says if nothing new comes up soon, the case will once again be cold.
JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A 1947 cold case lead has proved empty Friday as investigators pack up a dig site they've been searching in Janesville for the past week.
The Rock County Sheriff's Office says a tipster led authorities to the land and specially trained dogs verified that human remains were in the area.
The tip was in connection to the disappearance of 8-year-old Georgia Jean Weckler in Fort Atkinson 66 years ago. Authorities from Rock and Jefferson counties began digging up the soil Monday, looking for anything from a bone to a button.
A Rock County Sheriff's official says about 30 people worked the site for the past five days. The city of Janesville also lent them heavy machinery to help in the effort.
The Weckler case has a long history of empty leads. Authorities tell 27 News tips from 1996 and 1999 also didn't reveal any new evidence.
The Rock County Sheriff's says they will interview the tipster again since the search has ended.
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