Washington Co. Sheriff searching for missing man

CREATED Apr 23, 2013

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WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office is alerting area residents and hikers of a suspicious person last seen in the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

According to Capt. Steve Gonwa, on Saturday night, a vehicle was found abandoned on a snowmobile trail in the state forest E. Moraine Dr. in the Town of Kewaskum.

"The vehicle was discovered by a hiker and reported to the Sheriff’s Office," Gonwa explained. "The last known operator of the vehicle was identified as Larry Arnold."

Arnold and the owner of the vehicle are roommates, but the owner doesn't know why he would have abandoned it on the trail.

"Because of the suspicious circumstances, the vehicle was removed and the area was searched by Deputies using an ATV and handheld FLIR ( infrared ) devices," Gonwa said. "A tracking dog from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in a search of the area, however Arnold was not located."

On Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, cadaver dogs were also sent to search the area, but Arnold was again not found. He is described as a 38-year-old white male, around 5 feet 10, 160 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Larry Arnold is wanted on felony warrants from 2010, and is a registered sex offender in Wisconsin for sexually assaulting a child in 1995.

While Arnold has not made any threats, to himself or others, the sheriff's office said the public should consider him potentially dangerous. They would like to find him for questioning.

If you believe you know the whereabouts of Larry Arnold or observe suspicious activity in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, please call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 262-335-4411.