Instead it is about Price County Sheriff Wallace Krenzkie. The scenario was that an elderly woman with dementia got lost. They knew she was alive because they could her her yelling:
Jeff Peterson, a neighbor of the Briens’, first heard a woman was missing on his police scanner.
Instead of forming a search party, Krenzkie was either lazy and/or incompetent:
"The first thing that popped into my head was, 'George's wife', he says. Just minutes later, Jeff says he heard a woman in the woods screaming for help. "I could hear ‘help me’ coming from this direction. I went in the house right away and I called the Sheriff's Department and told them, ‘I can hear the lady screaming, she's straight south from my house.’"
Peterson says the next two hours were agonizing. He and his wife stood outside, listening to the woman's cries for help, with a deputy who encouraged them to stay put. "I was ready to go and they told me I couldn’t go in the woods, that I had to stay home."
According to department records, 4 deputies searched the area, on and off, for the next few hours. Shortly before 11pm, one of them also reported hearing a woman's cries. An ambulance was dispatched to the area, but still, Deanne wasn't found.
The problem with these types of situations is that the Sheriff is like a big fish in a little pond, and it is hard to get any type of action on bad elected officials. At least not until the next election.
Records show help from outside agencies was never requested. In fact, offers from at least two outside agencies, the Iron County Sheriff's Department and Park Falls Fire Department, were turned down by Sheriff Krenzke.
But outside assistance was never requested that night, and Sheriff Krenzke called off the search at 3 in the morning. The woman's cries for help had silenced just hours earlier - before 11pm.
Sheriff Krenzke confirms no more than 6 deputies were responding at any one time. He says he had his reasons for not calling in - or accepting - extra help with the search. “At that particular time, there were other mitigating circumstances which I prefer not to go into”, he says. “I think you'll find that in the reports of the department, and you, of course can read and release what information you choose to."