Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Parker Kruse Missing, 22-year-old Man missing from Sauk County.

Parker Kruse Missing, 22-year-old Man missing from Sauk County.

Search still continues for a missing boater, Parker Kruse. After nearly three days of searching and waiting for answers, friends and family of 22-year-old Parker Kruse still haven’t located him.

According to reports, it is said that Kruse fell into the river on Saturday afternoon after rescuing a man whose boat was spinning out of control.

“They always say he’s one in a million. Parker was one in one, there was no one like him,” said Kallan Maxwell, Kruse’s coworker and best friend. “There’s just nothing I can explain about losing your best friend.”

Maxwell and Kruse have worked together for more than five years. Maxwell says they talked on the phone every day. The past two days have been the longest he’s gone without talking with Kruse for years.

Kruse’s family members say they’re hoping that their experience serves as a reminder for boaters to wear life jackets while on the Wisconsin River.

“Parker had a life jacket on but in his haste to help somebody he didn’t have it secured properly,” Kruse’s mother, Jackie Johnson-Kruse said in tears. “But make it a law so some other family doesn’t have to go through what we’re going through right now.”

Johnson-Kruse said she’s hoping that legislators can create a new law called “Parker’s Law” that requires all boaters on the Wisconsin River to wear life jackets while boating.

Some of Kruse’s friends from high school joined the search effort over the weekend.

Kruse’s girlfriend, Kourtney Higgins, hasn’t left the riverside since Kruse went missing. She was watching Kruse’s heroic rescue effort from a nearby sandbar when he fell into the water.


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