Human remains found at High Cliff State Park; UPDATE: body belonged to male

Posted at 4:20 p.m. on September 29, 2021

Updated at 2 p.m. on September 30, 2021


The Brillion News


SHERWOOD - The upper level of High Cliff State Park was closed to the public after hikers in the park found human remains in the park on Tuesday, September 28.

On Thursday, September 30, Calumet County Sheriff Mark Wiegert said the remains were those of an older post-adolescent male.

"They are not associated with any Native American burial site however the remains appear to have been at the location for an extended period of time," Wiegert said in a Thursday update.

The hikers who initially found the remains have been identified and are cooperating with law enforcement. The Sheriffs Office asks that the community and the media to not contact them and to respect their privacy.

"The Sheriffs Office along with The State Crime Lab as well as Anthropologists are continuing their investigation at the site," Wiegert said. "The upper park area will remain closed through noon on Friday."


From the original post on September 29:

Calumet County Sheriff Mark Wiegert said the investigation is just beginning, and he issued a call for the people who discovered the body to contact his department.


Those people were never identified by park rangers.


[Photo: Wiegert speaking to the press >>]


"We were notified yesterday evening, Tuesday evening, by the High Cliff State Park rangers, that they had two hikers who had discovered some potential human remains,": Wiegert said in a Wednesday afternoon press briefing at park headquarters in the lower level of the state park.