|Rescuer workers and volunteers wait in the searing heat for instruction. More than 50 people and multiple police, fire and ambulance agencies turned out to search for an adult detasseler who went missing sometime after 11:30 a.m. in a Rock Falls cornfield. (Alex T. Paschalemail@example.com)|
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ROCK FALLS – The search for an adult detasseler who went missing in Tuesday’s searing heat was unsuccessful.
More than 50 rescue workers from a several area police and fire departments participated in a 5-hour or so search for Humberto Casarrubias Sanchez, who officials say was wearing an orange hat and may not speak English.
Casarrubias Sanchez last was seen getting a drink of water around 11:30 a.m.
The Tampico Rural Fire Department was called to the scene first, around 1:30 p.m.
Searchers combed a mile-and-a-half area from Gaulrapp Road to state Route 172, using a rescue dog, farm equipment and ATVs. State Police flew overhead.
Authorities are not sure if he is injured or simply left the job.
“With a 115-degree heat index, you would assume it would be heat-related,” Rock Falls Fire Capt. Bill Milby said.
No more information was available Tuesday night.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department, 815-772-4044.
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