Body of missing man has been found in Walnut River

Emergency crews search for a man whose tractor was found in the Walnut River in Butler County on May 26, 2017. Courtesy KSN News
Ramon Criss Courtesy Criss Family

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said the body of a Butler County man has been found in the Walnut River this morning.

Ramon Criss, 82, of El Dorado was found about a half mile downstream from where his tractor was found in the water Friday afternoon.

An autopsy is pending.

Herzet said the search for Criss changed from a rescue to a recovery operation Friday night.

Herzet said 911 dispatchers received a call around 2:15 Friday from someone who was farming in the area just south of 12th Street along the Walnut River. The caller said they saw a man on a tractor headed for the low water bridge.

Several agencies, including the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, and both the Butler County and Augusta Rescue Teams came to search for the man.

Herzet said through their search efforts they had initially recovered the tractor and some articles of clothing, but not the driver.

“We’re not sure if he backed off of the bridge, if the water washed him off of the bridge, it’s hard to tell,” said Herzet.

“I visited with the family,” he said. “The family is holding up, they just want us to find their loved one.”

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