Missing man’s SUV, body found by creek, officials say

Allen Brown had last been seen alive Jan. 7

Authorities said a body found off Highway 59 in Evansville is tentatively identified as a man who’s been missing nine days.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a report of a white SUV partially submerged in Badfish Creek at 9:50 a.m. Friday.

Sheriff Robert Spoden said in a news release that the SUV was 80-year-old Allen F. Brown’s white 2013 Ford Explorer with license plate 60YRS. Brown’s body was found on the creek bank.

Brown was last seen alive Jan. 7. He was reported missing after family said he failed to return home from a luncheon with a friend in Monticello.

According to the release, Brown was driving east on Highway 59 toward Milton when he crossed the center line, and entered the ditch, then Badfish Creek. Brown exited the vehicle and made it to the creek bank, where he was found Friday. 

The sheriff’s office said the person who reported the vehicle in the creek discovered it while checking hunting traps. The vehicle in the creek could not be seen from the roadway or by passing motorists.

The pastor at United Methodist Church in Milton, Steve Scott, said a vigil that had been planned Friday night for Brown was canceled. Scott said in a statement Friday afternoon that the family had gathered in Milton Friday after they Brown’s vehicle was found.

“The family is thankful for the outpouring of support these past several days and for everyone who helped look for Al,” Scott said.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation sent a notification at 12:28 p.m. stating that all lanes were blocked on Highway 59 between Wilder Road and Riley Road due to a traffic incident. The road was open at 1:44 p.m.

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Milton, Wis. police said a missing 80-year-old man might have been spotted on Highway 151 near Sun Prairie and in Tomah over the weekend.

A Silver Alert was issued Friday for Allen Brown who was seen leaving Monticello on Wednesday, and was believed to be heading back to Milton. Police said they also believe there’s a possibility he’s heading to Canada.

Police are asking residents in Sun Prairie and Tomah to be on the lookout for him, as well as residents in northern Wisconsin along the Interstate 94 corridor and northern Minnesota.

He was driving a white 2013 Ford Explorer with Wisconsin license plate 60YRS, police said. Brown is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 173 pounds, is bald and has blue eyes. He was wearing a buckskin jacket, a blue knit hat and dark tan pants.

Officials said Brown met a friend for lunch in Monticello on Wednesday, left the restaurant and did not return home as expected. Later that afternoon, he was spotted near Milwaukee Street in Janesville. A witness said Brown appeared confused.

Milton police said Friday that the department received a number of tips from the public but they had not yet located Brown. Police said Brown was also seen driving south on Highway 69 from Monroe toward Illinois Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

He is known to enjoy taking photos of barns, the report noted.

Officials ask anyone with information on Brown’s whereabouts to call 608-868-6910 or 608-757-2244.

Police added that if Brown is spotted in transit, call your local police department to report his location.