The Dane County Sheriff says an extreme emotional crisis was behind a Morrisonville woman’s disappearance last week.
Keri Geschke was found safe and sound Saturday night, after spending nearly five days in Waushara County. Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney says Geschke’s Jeep had been stuck in the mud in an isolated wooded area for several days.
Geschke had been attempting to reach a trailer her family owns in Waushara County, but Mahoney says she got lost in transit. Police did attempt to search the area around the trailer for signs of the woman or her vehicle. Geschke’s vehicle got stuck in the mud when she tried to leave the area Saturday night, and she ended up walking into a local town and called her husband from a pay phone.
Mahoney says the 26-year-old mother of two was in good physical condition, but remains hospitalized for the mental health issues that prompted her to flee unexpectedly last Tuesday morning. He says Geschke had been under extreme stress for several weeks leading up to her disappearance, largely tied to financial problems facing her family.
Geschke went missing after she was contacted by Middleton Police about money missing at her former employer. Mahoney says that likely contributed to her feeling she needed to get away, but that investigation continues outside of his office.
No charges will be filed in regards to Geschke’s decision to disappear for a few days. Mahoney says there’s no law against an adult just needing a “time out.”