Published On: Thu, Jan 5th, 2017

John Schaus identified as Wisconsin man found in Fox Crossing ditch, COD undetermined

The body of a man found in a ditch in Fox Crossing has been identified by police as John Schaus. The Fox Crossing Police Department could not make a definitive cause of death, but his body did suffer evidence of trauma, possibly indicating he was struck by a vehicle.

“There were some injuries. At this point in time, we’re not ready to divulge any of those injuries,” says Jason Weber, of the Fox Crossing Police Department. “But really, initial examination hasn’t led us.. one way or the other to concretely say ‘this is definitely what happened.'”

John Schaus

Schaus, 54, has been found by a Sun Comfort employee Tuesday afternoon. It’s unclear if Schaus was struck by a car or suffered a medical issue. Police added that the autopsy was completed Wednesday afternoon, but police say it still hasn’t given definitive answers.

“In all honesty this is going to be a hard one,” Weber told USA Today on Wednesday as they reported that “Schaus’ battle with alcohol, and his efforts to get back on track and prevent others from driving drunk were chronicled in a 2014 USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsinseries.”

At this point, the authorities are seeking information from the public: The Fox Crossing Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance. If you have any information, please contact the Village of Fox Crossing Police Department at 920-720-7109.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact the Winnebago County Wide Crime Stoppers at 920-231-8477 or text IGOTYA and your crime tip to 274637.

You can also submit your crime tip online by clicking here.


Meanwhile NBC noted that those who knew Schaus on social media say he will be missed, adding he could always make them smile. Schaus was also apparently a regular at Acoca Coffee in Appleton.

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