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Updated Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007

Searchers find body of missing Lake Geneva man

By Chris Schultz/Janesville Gazette

(Published Sept. 19, 2007, 1:17 p.m.)

A hiker in the Kettle Moraine State Forest found the body of a missing Lake Geneva man shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Foul play is not suspected, and the cause of death appears to be suicide, according to a Sheriff's Department press release.

Authorities launched a massive air and ground search Monday for Blair C. Cassell, 46y. Cassell is a teacher in McHenry, Ill., and a tennis coach at Burlington Catholic Central High School.

Cassell was reported missing by his mother and sister at 12:10 p.m. Monday. He reportedly did not show up for school Friday and again Monday, Nethery said.

Based on information family members found at Cassell's home, Lake Geneva police searched Big Foot Beach State Park and a park in the town of Linn, Nethery said.

About 10 p.m. Monday, a family member found Cassell's car, a black 1998 Volvo, in the parking lot at the John Muir Trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest in the town of LaGrange in northern Walworth County.

About 30 officers searched for Cassell late Monday and into Tuesday using ATVs, mountain bikes, patrol cars and a helicopter. Officers from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Whitewater Police, Walworth County Sheriff's Department and the state Department of Natural Resources also took part in the search, which yielded no success.



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