MADISON (WKOW) -- The Rock County Sheriff's Office says Norman Weitzel is the tipster whose information led the sheriff's office to dig at a site in Janesville last week, looking for evidence in the 1947 disappearance of Georgia Jean Weckler.
In a news release, the sheriff's office says the 82-year-old Weitzel, of Edgerton, told the Rock County Sheriff's Office and Janesville Police Department that in July of 1947 he was picking berries with a friend in the woods on the north side of Rotamer Road, when they came across a freshly dug area of ground that he described as the size of a grave. As they were looking at it, Weitzel said an adult white male came out of the bushes yelling at them to get off the property, and that he and his friend ran away scared. Weitzel said he recognized the face of the man from a Janesville area church, but did not know his name.
Weitzel told detectives that at the time, he was aware of Georgia Weckler's disappearance, but had no idea what was buried in the ground there. Over the years, he said he felt that what they saw was the grave of Georgia Weckler and that he had reported this to local law enforcement several times over the years. Detectives could not find any records of these previous reports.
The Rock County Sheriff's Office has said multiple specially-trained dogs alerted them to the possibility of human remains near the area where Weitzel says he saw the grave that day in 1947, prompting a week-long search that uncovered no new clues about the fate of Georgia Jean Weckler.
Weitzel told detectives that this has been bothering him for years and that he did not want to die knowing the information he had was never looked into. The reason he came forward again is that he recently saw that the area, where he believes the grave is, was being developed.
Weitzel's friend who was picking berries with him that day passed away in 1988.
Weckler disappeared from the driveway of her Jefferson County home 66 years ago.
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