Drowning victim found

Jason R. Gilbertson of Hammond, WI

A man reported missing last week and presumed drowned has been found, several days after the initial report and search in Lower Clam Lake, east of Siren.

According to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office the body was found on Wednesday, Sept. 8  at approximately 9:46 am as the search was resumed in the initial area of the mans’ disappearance. 

The BCSO teamed up with the K9 Emergency Response Team, Siren Police Department, Webster Fire Department and Burnett County Emergency Management to find the missing man. 

His body was discovered in the general area of the original location where he was reported missing and the Burnett County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted in the recovery of the body. 

The man’s identity was confirmed as Jason R. Gilbertson, 49, of Hammond.

“We would like to thank all of those who put in countless hours in the search,” Sheriff Tracy Finch said in a press release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”

According to the BCSO, they received a 911 call at approximately 3:13 pm on Sunday, Sept. 5 of a possible drowning. The report stated that the man had been swimming on Lower Clam Lake and had gone missing from a boat he was swimming near with his companions.  

The BCSO dispatched emergency responders from Webster Fire, the Jackson Fire and Dive Team, St. Croix Hertel Fire, Shell Lake Fire, Barron County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin DNR, Siren Police Department K9 Emergency Response Team and Burnett County Emergency Management, who all assisted in the search while North Ambulance was on standby.  

Services for Jason “Jake” Gilbertson will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, with a visitation two hours prior.