CHIPPEWA COUNTY — Officials identified human remains recovered in Chippewa County are a Reedsburg woman who was reported missing over a year ago.
Rosaly Cindy Chavarria Rodriguez, 25, was recovered in the town of Wheaton in Chippewa County on Oct. 14 2020, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office said in an Oct. 4 press release on its Facebook page. The county sheriff’s office received official notification from the University of North Texas Sept. 29 the remains were associated to Rodriguez through DNA profiles.
Rodriguez was a Peruvian national working in the Wisconsin Dells area and was documented by the Reedsburg Police Department as a missing person in July 2020, according to the release.
The Reedsburg Police Department and the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office are actively investigating the death of Rodriguez. The sheriff office says there is a person of interest in the case and additional information will follow at a later date. The person of interest was not identified.
Reedsburg Police Chief Patrick Cummings said, in an Oct. 5 interview, the Reedsburg Police Department is assisting with the investigation since Rodriguez was reported missing and her last address was in Reedsburg.
“While her remains were found in Chippewa County Sheriff Office jurisdiction, we are certainly willing and wanting to take part in the investigation any way we can to be of assistance along the way to help solve the incident,” Cummings said.
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He did not comment if the person of interest is from the Reedsburg or Sauk County area.
He said missing person’s cases in Reedsburg with the same circumstances and outcome as Rodriguez are unusual for the city police department, which has a population of less than 10,000 people. He didn’t have the amount of missing cases the police department sees every year, but said it’s “not that many” that usually fluctuates every year and ends up with an outcome where the individual is found safe.
“Typically, if a person is reported missing they just haven’t had contact with a family or a friend for some time and that family or friend is worried about the person, so they call us hoping that we can help locate them so that everything is okay,” Cummings said. “Usually, the outcome is perfectly normal. They just either needed a break from a family or friend or they just hadn’t been in contact with them for a period of time.”
Cummings said those who have information can call the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office or call the Reedsburg Police Department at 608-524-2376. A phone number for the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is listed on its website at 715-726 7701.
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