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    IA - Brian Blachut, 30, Scarville, 21 Nov 1993


    I came across this guy looking through another thread. I could not find a profile of his on DoeNetwork or Charleyproject. The only thing I found was on "Iowa Cold Cases." It has a lot of info, especially since they seem to be the only site with any info about Blachut.

    I just find it strange that there is nothing else out there about him. And his disappearance seemed a little strange to me. I looked at a map and got confused as to where it all happened because the "Winnebago River" mentioned is really called Lime Creek.

    Brian Richard Blachut (Iowa Cold Cases)

    Brian Richard Blachut, 30, of Lake Mills, Iowa, disappeared after leaving the Blue Moon Saloon in Scarville, Iowa, about 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 21, 1993.

    At approximately 10 a.m., Blachut’s four-wheel drive Datsun 1981 pickup truck was found partially submerged in a drainage ditch on the west side of Winnebago County Road A-16, about two miles east of Scarville. Tracks indicated the vehicle had gone down into the ditch on the road’s east side, circled in the field, crossed back over the blacktop road and then gone back into the ditch on the road’s west side.

    The truck was found facing due west in the 12- to 15-feet wide drainage ditch. The four-foot deep ditch contained close to three feet of water at the time.
    In late March 1994, a man and his son fishing in the Winnebago River near the area where Blachut’s truck was found caught a shirt and reported it to the sheriff.

    The sheriff’s office contacted Hedin, who said his roommate had owned a similar shirt.

    Two DNR officers and the sheriff conducted a new search search encompassing a one mile section of the river south of where the shirt had been pulled from water. Lillquist walked the shoreline and back waters while DNR officers floated the river checking all snag and deadfalls, but nothing else was recovered.
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    If there's anybody that knows more about the area (I've never been to Iowa)...

    The Lime Creek being AKA Winnebago River was a bit confusing on its own.

    But I can't figure out which drainage ditch he drove into/through. It says it is on the west side of A-16. A-16 looks to be very straight and go East/West, so there would be north and south sides (not E/W "sides"). But for that matter, there's a drainage ditch (I think, based on aerial photos) on both sides of the road.

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    I've run across that east/west or north/south weirdness before. I *think* it means that he was on the westbound side, i.e. A-16W. Going the opposite direction would be A-16E.

    Though with the way the truck meandered, I'm not sure that makes sense here.
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    I found an archived newspaper article from a year after he went missing: https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,8840893&hl=en

    A lot more detail here in the cold cases blog: http://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/brian-blachut/
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    Quote Originally Posted by carbuff View Post
    I found an archived newspaper article from a year after he went missing: https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,8840893&hl=en

    A lot more detail here in the cold cases blog: http://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/brian-blachut/
    Interesting comments posted on the second link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbuff View Post
    I've run across that east/west or north/south weirdness before. I *think* it means that he was on the westbound side, i.e. A-16W. Going the opposite direction would be A-16E.

    Though with the way the truck meandered, I'm not sure that makes sense here.
    I know exactly what you're talking about. But there is no "-bound" in what is said (i.e. "the eastbound lanes of I-64").

    Whatever the direction, from the path described, it shows that something was "up" with whoever was driving. Either they were having some kind of medical emergency or "fit" (like a seizure) or they could have been in the process of being assaulted.

    There's plenty of people (myself unfortunately included) who may have driven in that pattern if they were either intoxicated or showing off or having some kind of temper-tantrum, but it doesn't seem like any of those would be happening here.

    The comment on "Iowa Cold Cases" (noted by Sutton) seems to indicate that someone knows/knew something.
    Whether it is even relevant, whether it was foul play, accident or what-have-you. It's something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bflocket View Post
    I know exactly what you're talking about. But there is no "-bound" in what is said (i.e. "the eastbound lanes of I-64").

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    Yeah, that's what I was trying to say -- that some people seem to leave the -bound part off. Thanks for saying it clearer than I did...
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    The following recent newspaper report on a recent find contains some incidental information on this case;

    http://globegazette.com/news/iowa/mi...56eab1251.html

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    2015 article:

    Although there's a chance the remains could be Blachut, Winnebago County sheriff's investigators think it is most likely his remains have already been found, said Winnebago County Sheriff David Peterson.

    In 1995, a farm dog living near the crash site found a skull investigators believe may have been Blachut.

    Dental records weren't available, but investigators believed the skull had characteristics consistent with Blachut. Officials theorized at the time that Blachut may have wandered away from the crash site and died.
    https://www.google.com/amp/wcfcourie...oid-sonymobile



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