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Missing St. Croix County man was killed in crash

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Missing St. Croix County man was killed in crash
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Patrick Sobota, 56, of rural Wilson died Tuesday from injuries suffered in an ATV crash. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department received a missing persons report in the town of Cady at around 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.


Initial information indicated that a man left the American Legion in Wilson at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday evening, July 4, on a Polaris 500 X2 four-wheeler and did not arrive home.

There was no contact with the individual since that time.

Deputies responded to the area and assisted family and friends with an extensive ground search of the area.

A helicopter was then used to conduct an air search in an attempt to locate Sobota.

At about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, the dispatch center received a call from the ground party that it had located the body in a bean field several hundred yards south of the road in the 2600 block of 50th Avenue.

Deputies and a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden arrived and determined that Sobota had died as a result of an ATV crash into a wooded section of the bean field.

The sheriff's report indicated that Sobota was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Assisting at the scene was the DNR, Baldwin Ambulance Service and ACE Helicopters, LLC from Colfax.

The crash remains under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff's office and the Wisconsin

Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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