The body of a missing man apparently has been recovered off Cave Point. The Door County Sheriff's Department received a dispatch early Wednesday afternoon of a reported body found off Cave Point. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty did not have any details as of 4 pm. He said a full news release would be made later on Wednesday. Eric Richter, a 57-year-old man from Neenah, has been missing since February 10 after taking pictures near a cliff at Cave Point. Expanded searches by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources were unsuccessful the weeks following the initial report. This story will be updated as more details are made available.
Press Release: Body Recovered at Cave Point March 21, 2019
On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 1:00p.m. the Door County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible body in the waters of Lake Michigan at Cave Point County Park. Deputies responded to the area and confirmed the discovery and recovery efforts commenced.
A Department of Natural Resources warden was able to launch a boat at Baileys Harbor and responded by water. He was accompanied by firefighters from the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department. The remaining personnel responded on land. Recovery efforts were hampered by rough seas, high winds and slippery rocks. After working in arduous conditions for several hours, the body of a white male was safely recovered from the water at 4:30p.m.
The Door County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department, the Sturgeon Bay Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Door County Emergency Services and the Door County Joint Dive Team.
No name is being released at this time pending positive identification and notification of the next-of-kin. An autopsy is scheduled for later today.
Chief Deputy Patrick McCarty
Authority: Sheriff Tammy Sternard
SHERIFF Tammy Sternard