Valley Mounted Volunteers Inc.

Press Release – July 23, 2015

Headwaters Search and Rescue Inc. and the network of search and rescue teams that have supported the efforts to search for Dr. Jeffery Whiteside, would like to express our most sincere condolences to the family, friends and patients of Dr. Whiteside.  

On July 22, at the request of Headwaters Search and Rescue, and with the permission of the Door County Sheriff’s Office, a canine search team deployed by KERT (K9 Emergency Response Team) conducted search efforts near Ephraim.  We were acting on new information obtained from analysis of prior search efforts.  The body of a deceased person was located by a trained and certified canine.  The scene was immediately turned over to the Door County Sheriff’s Office.  The body has since been identified to be the body of Dr. Whiteside.   

We would like to thank the members of the following groups for their hard work, personal expense and sacrifice in the efforts to resolve this case: KERT, K9SOS of Wisconsin, Valley Mounted Volunteers Inc., and Rapid Search and Rescue.  There were additionally a number of highly trained individuals who aided in this case.   While Headwaters had the most visibility, the entire network of people worked seamlessly to conduct a high quality search.

Each of these organizations are made up of volunteers who pursue extensive training and certification to be of value to our community.   An increasing need for service from each of these teams and the extensive training requirements is creating a greater financial challenge for the members of these groups. 

For information on how to provide gratefully accepted donations use the “contact” link on our web site which can be found at http://hsark9.org/.   Or simply send your donation in the form of a check made out to Headwaters Search and Rescue, to our address at PO Box 332, Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521.  Headwaters has been registered for as a 501(c)3, charitable non-profit with no paid staffing.  None of these groups charge for their service.  Donations will be redistributed to the teams and people who supported the search for Dr. Whiteside.

Once again, we offer Kathi Whiteside and her family our deepest condolences.