The body of missing Ho-Chunk Nation tribal member Felicia Wanna has been located in a rural area near Tomah, Wisconsin.
Search teams deployed K-9s and drones to cover a wide area after information about last sightings came in. The 50-year-old woman has been missing since December 29, when her family notified police over mental health concerns and being out of contact for longer than usual.
Ho-Chunk officials thanked the public for providing information.
“The community showed strong support for Felicia and her family since she’s been reported missing,” said Rep. Stephanie Begay (District 2). “Seeing our neighbors come together like this shows me that we can end the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.”
Rep. Sarah Lemieux (District 3) thanked the Ho-Chunk Nation Police Department, La Crosse Police Department, Eau Claire Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“I really appreciate all their long hours of hard work to find Felicia,” she says.
The death investigation is active and ongoing and further information will be released when it becomes available, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
A number of agencies assisted the Sheriff’s Office in the search operation including WI Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Ho-Chunk Police Department, Tomah Police Department, La Crosse Police Department, Eau Claire Police Department, Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, Oakdale Fire Department, WI K9 SOS, WI/MN K9 Search and Rescue, Rapid Search and Rescue and The Salvation Army.
The death investigation is being completed by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Ho-Chunk Police Department, DCI, WI State Crime Lab, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Monroe County Medical Examiner.