Search for missing Cumberland man comes to tragic end

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On Tuesday, February 16, 2021 the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a homeowner on the west side of Silver Lake reporting a truck crashed on the shoreline of his property.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department, along with the WI DNR, were already on the lake searching the area and responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered the body of the missing person, Ben Jacobson, deceased along with his truck that crashed into an embankment and brush.
Jacobson, age 22, was reported missing by his father on Tuesday, February 9th after he failed to return home after ice fishing Monday night and did not report for work on Tuesday.
An intensive search was conducted by multiple authorities including the WI Department of Natural Resources which offered air support, flying over the county looking for his truck.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Ben’s family and friends,” said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. “We would also like to the thank everyone from family, friends, snowmobilers, pilots that flew the area, and countless others that helped us during this search even with the dangerous temperatures.”



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