7/31/17 – An Illinois man died in Columbia County over the weekend as the result of an apparent drowning. Sheriff Dennis Richards says dispatch received the call at 11:15am Saturday reporting the incident on Lake Wisconsin just off Rausch Lane in the Town of West Point. The caller stated that she found her husband face down in the water along the shoreline near a pier. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Dive Team responded to the location and recovered the body of 71-year-old John Heidenreich of Elgin, Illinois. Columbia County Sheriff was assisted by The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Sauk Prairie EMS and the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office. The incident remains under investigation.