UPDATED*Search for individual in need of ‘help’ north of Dysart turns up empty

The view looking south down W Avenue of Wolf Creek in Geneseo Township, part of the area searched by the Tama County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, Jan. 10. PHOTO BY RUBY F. MCALLISTER

North Tama Telegraph note: In an update to this story, according to Chief Deputy Joe Quandt with the Tama Co. Sheriff’s Office, Tama County Dispatch has since been able to identify the caller using previous call history and confirm that he is OK.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 10, Tama County Dispatch received a 911 call from an unknown individual requesting help but despite an exhaustive search, no individual was located.

“As of today, nothing has come of the call,” Chief Deputy Joe Quandt with the Tama Co. Sheriff’s Office told the North Tama Telegraph in an email message on Thursday, Jan. 12. “There are no missing person reports or anything [of] that nature.”

The search took place in the northeast section of the county in Geneseo Township along Wolf Creek just south of Hwy D-65.

The unknown caller used a cell phone that could only dial 911.

Wolf Creek in Geneseo Township pictured on Sunday, Jan. 15. PHOTO BY SOREN M. PETERSON

“The phone call ‘pinged’ in a couple of different locations around or near Wolf Creek north of Traer and Dysart,” Quandt said. “The caller did not give an exact location, so several resources were deployed to search the area for the caller.”

In addition to the Tama County Sheriff’s Office, Traer Fire Department, Traer Ambulance Service, Tama County Emergency Management (EMA) – along with its new drone, and the Iowa State Patrol Air Wing unit assisted with the search.

But after six-and-a-half-hours searching the wooded area – a search that stretched into the evening hours – the effort was called off, Quandt said, after “no one or anything was located.”