Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On January 25, 2012 after leaving a family member's residence in the Black River Falls area, Gene Cloud, Jr. drove his girlfriend's car on secondary roads towards Warrens, Wisconsin. Gene Cloud Jr. was last seen near the Millston area in southern Jackson County, after his vehicle slid off the roadway. A deputy witnessed the car crossing the center line into the oncoming lanes ditch, facing the direction he was driving. When the deputy asked for identification Gene fled from the disabled vehicle into the woods.
Witnesses reported Cloud was seen attempting to flag down vehicles on County Road O, but his whereabouts since that time is unknown. His family reported him missing two days later. He had a brown 6-month-old dachshund puppy with him.
Gene did have a few outstanding body warrants for a failure to appear for a traffic violation. On the day he disappeared, he was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions and driving without a valid license. Initial search efforts were stalled by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, due to Cloud eluding and after the fact that Sheriff's Department had discovered Gene ran away to avoid getting arrested, but a search effort was conducted by tribal members. Cloud's foot trail was followed by members of the first search party. Tracks show Gene's trek through up to three and a half feet of snow in some areas and it was shown where he stopped to rest. The trail Gene left, shows he traveled over 3.4 miles from where the car had originally went in the ditch, eastbound through the woods parallel to the road, and that he crossed the road back and forth into the woods a few times. There is no evidence that shows that Gene got into a car, but during the search the dogs ended the trail on the road, by Smrekar Road.
At the time Gene was expecting a child with his girlfriend and had moved to Tomah with his girlfriend and was going back to school to receive his high school diploma.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults
Native News Network