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“Non-stop search:” 30 agencies, 130 officials involved in search for Lynn Rickard

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KANSASVILLE -- Thirty agencies are involved in the ongoing search for 59-year-old Lynn Rickard, missing since Sunday, June 25th when she left her home in Kansasville.

The search resumed Wednesday morning, June 28th.

Racine County sheriff's officials announced the following agencies assisting in this search:

  • Racine County Emergency Management
  • Wisconsin State Patrol
  • Kansasville Fire Department

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  • Caledonia Fire Department
  • City of Burlington Fire Department
  • Village of Waterford Fire Department
  • Rochester Fire Department
  • Union Grove/Yorkville Fire Department
  • South Shore Fire Department
  • Raymond Fire Department
  • Kenosha Fire Department
  • Pleasant Prairie Fire Department
  • Mukwonago Fire Department
  • Wilmot Fire Department
  • Pewaukee Fire Department
  • City of Waukesha Fire Department
  • Bristol Fire Department
  • City of Delavan Fire Department
  • Fontana Fire Department
  • Whitewater Fire Department
  • Lannon Fire Department
  • Menomonee Falls Fire Department
  • West Allis Fire Department
  • Town of Delafield Fire Department
  • Dousman Fire Department
  • Somers Fire Department
  • Town of Salem Fire Department
  • Randall Fire Department
  • Racine Fire Bells

Sheriff's officials said approximately 130 law enforcement, fire and EMS  officials are searching the Kansasville and surrounding areas.

“Probably the largest scale search I've seen in my 23-year history with the sheriff's office. We have now entered Day 4 of our non-stop search for Lynn. Although we remain cautiously optimistic and hopeful, as every hour passes I am becoming more and more concerned about the outcome. The Racine County Sheriff's Office is committed to trying to bring some closure to Lynn Rickard's family," Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said in a post to the RCSO Facebook page Wednesday.

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On Wednesday, crews were going shoulder-to-shoulder over the area where Rickard was last seen -- using K-9s, drones and thermal imaging cameras.

"Some of the challenges that we have ahead of us: The weather hasn't been cooperating with us today. It's been raining quite a bit, and my staff are reporting cattails that are six and seven feet tall, which make visibility very challenging," Sheriff Schmaling said.

Rickard is believed to be suffering from mental illness. She left her home in the Hickory Haven Mobile Home Park in the early morning hours of June 25th. She was possibly wearing black and white pajamas, or she is possibly nude.

She was last seen walking westbound through a field approximately a half-mile from her home.

Rickard is dependent on oxygen, and unable to go long periods of time without it.

John Rickard

John Rickard, Lynn's husband, said his wife recently suffered from mental health issues after she was taken off of Xanax, medication she had been taking for decades.

"Three days in the hospital and she was just a different woman. Paranoid. Severely paranoid. A look on her face I've never seen. And I tried to get help. I tried to get help. I don't think she could survive all these nights out here.I got more hopes that somebody took her. At least there's more chance of her being alive. She could be in a hospital in Minneapolis or Chicago. That's what I'm hoping and praying for ," John Rickard said.

Rickard said his wife left their home in the Hickory Haven Mobile Home Park about a month ago in the middle of the night. She was found five-and-a-half miles away.

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The previous searches have been aided the Kansasville Fire Department, City of Milwaukee Fire Department, Raymond Fire Department, City of Racine Fire Department, Lyons Fire Department, Wheatland Fire Department, Elkhorn Fire Department, East Troy Fire Department, Lauderdale Fire Department, Town of Burlington Fire Department, Wind Lake Fire Department, Tichigan Fire Department, Racine Fire Bells, the Civil Air Patrol, Flight for Life, and Wisconsin Emergency Management.

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A $10,000 reward has been offered in this case.

Sheriff Schmaling said if crews don't find Rickard by nightfall Wednesday, he's going to re-evaluate his resources and start focusing on tips.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates.

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