MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – A parent’s love and determination helped Jackie Johnson-Kruse spend nearly a year searching for the missing remains of her son Parker Kruse.
“I’m just so grateful,” Johnson-Kruse said. “As a mum, it’s such a relief to know that most of him has been found.”
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the family of missing boater Kruse, 22, identified remains found in the Wisconsin River on Saturday.
At approximately 3:21 p.m., Grant County received a call from a group of canoeists on the Wisconsin River.
According to the sheriff’s office, the group said they had been canoeing the river for several years and had been aware of the boating incident that caused Parker Kruse to disappear since July 3, 2021. This day- there, Kruse was swept away by the current and was never seen again. .
When setting up camp for the night, canoeists thought they may have discovered Parker’s remains on a sandbar island called Steamboat Island.
The Blue River Fire Department was then dispatched to the scene, where they assisted the sheriff’s and coroner’s offices.
The remains were brought to shore and the Kruse family determined that the remains were those of Parker.
“We don’t always find the person. There are a lot of unanswered questions, so this is a huge win for us,” said dead dog handler Alyssa Palmer. “Because a lot of people didn’t think we would ever find him or he would ever be found from that river. We are all determined to keep trying to find anything.
Palmer helped Johnson-Kruse with the search from the start, and she said it was a miracle brought about by Johnson-Kruse’s determination.
Johnson-Kruse said determination was something she shared with her son; he would never give up, so neither would she.
“You love your kids so much you’ll do anything,” Johnson-Kruse said. “You will go to the end of the earth. The ends of the river seek him.
Johnson-Kruse doesn’t know how much longer she’ll be looking for Parker’s remains, and she plans to take it day by day.
A Facebook group dedicated to Parker’s research that posts updates on the research said their “prayers have finally come true. [when] most of Parker’s remains have been found” and that they now have peace.
Johnson-Kruse also wants to thank everyone who helped search for her son and everyone who shared his story.
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