On Saturday afternoon October 25, 2014, at approximately 4:30 pm, two boaters notified the Crawford County Sheriff`s Dept that they had spotted what may be a body in the Mississippi river south of Lock and Dam 9. (Original story below)
The Sheriff`s Dept responded and recovered the body of 64 year old Roger Goodell who had fallen out of the boat he was fishing in two weeks earlier. Members of the Sheriff’s Dept., Wisconsin Department of Natural resources, volunteer Fire Dept. members from Wisconsin and Iowa, and family and friends had been searching for Goodell daily since he had fallen in and was presumed drowned on October 11, 2014. Goodell’s body was found approximately 3/4 of a mile downstream from the dam.
“We had over 200 volunteers in boats searching, we had underwater sonar camera’s, we searched some of the wing dams with a diver and found nothing”, said Sheriff Dale McCullick. I think we all feared his body was probably somewhere under the roller gate of the lock and dam and we may never recover him”, added McCullick. On Wednesday October 22, 2014 the Sheriff’s Department utilized two cadaver dogs from a company called k-9 search solutions out of Madison which are trained to detect human remains. They we taken out by boat to the roller gate were Goodell had fallen in. Both dogs indicated, meaning that there was an odor of human remains.
On Friday October 24, 2014 the employees of the US Army Corps of Engineers bulk headed the portion of the dam where Goodell had fallen in. The roller gate was then lifted up so the bottom of the roller gate could be inspected. Nothing was found but it is apparent that Goodell’s body was trapped under the gate and released as the gate was being lifted. “I want to extend my gratitude to the Corps of engineers and their employees, bulk heading a gate is time and labor intensive and not something they do regularly. I don’t think we would have found him for a long time if ever had they not done this procedure,” Said McCullick. I also want to thank all the other volunteers that assisted with the search. I am glad the family can finally have closure.