Search area sealed off, investigators looking for missing Wisconsin doctor

Investigators pulled down crime scene tape and reopened a road at the scene of an investigation near Ephraim late Wednesday night.

German Road, between Highway 57 and Townline Road, was closed for several hours during the evening and reopened about 9:30 p.m.

Barricades on German Road in EphraimThis is in the area where searchers were looking for Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside, a Grand Chute doctor who’s been missing in Door County since last month.

Deputies are not saying what, if anything, they found.  Action 2 News was told there may be an update from the Sheriff Thursday morning.  We’ll bring you any new information as it becomes available.

Whiteside was last seen on June 29 walking away from his boat slip in Ephraim after having a disagreement with his wife. He was reported missing by his wife two days later after she returned home to Grand Chute.

Police units and specially trained volunteers have been searching in and around Ephraim since Whiteside was reported missing. The Door County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources have conducted air and water searches. Friends of Dr. Whiteside have also conducted their own searches.

On Tuesday Action 2 News learned that Door County Sheriff’s Office was not granted permission by Dr. Whiteside’s wife to search their home in Grand Chute. The Whiteside family said that all future communication with the Whitesides would have to go through the family’s attorney.

Up until Tuesday, police said they family had been very cooperative with their investigation. Door County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Pat McCarty says it is not unusual for a family in the Whiteside’s situation to get an attorney or refuse to have their home searched. He says it is the family’s right to do so.

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