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On Monday, April 17, 2023, two bodies were found in the Town of Enterprise in the Oneida County Forest. 

According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, the deaths are being investigated by them, the Oneida County District Attorney, the Oneida County Medical Examiner’s Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lincoln County District Attorney were the immediate agencies involved.

It was confirmed on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 that the two bodies are those of the missing teens, Aiden Grefe, 17, and Dakota Brown, 16, from Lincoln County.  The Oneida County Sheriff's Office said, "We feel exposure played a factor in their deaths, but this will be determined upon completion of the investigation."

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office further expressed thanks to the many community partners who assisted with the search for Aiden and Dakota.  "There were numerous fire departments which responded to assist, including Fire District Alfa, the Crescent Fire Department, the Corning Fire Department, the Merrill Fire Department, the Newbold Fire Department, the Pine River Fire Department, the Russell Fire Department and First Responders, and the Tomahawk Fire Department.  Our state partners included Wisconsin National Guard, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Wisconsin Emergency Management.  The Oneida County Forestry Department and the Oneida County Land Records assisted in providing maps of the area.  The UTV and ATV Patrol assisted in search[ing] the ATV/UTV trails.  The Newbold Search and Rescue provided dogs for the search.  The Rosewood Barn and Derek’s Town and Country provided shelter and refreshments for all those involved.  Deputies were assisted by the Rhinelander Police Department and the Great lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.  The area that needed to be searched was vast and all of these resources were needed."
(This post was last modified: 04-18-2023, 03:39 PM by My Northern Wisconsin.)