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Chippewa Falls police searching for woman near Chippewa River, Hwy 178

Chippewa County (WQOW) – Chippewa Falls police are searching for a person missing near the Chippewa River.

According to the Chippewa Falls Police Department, Donna Karlen, 57, was was last seen around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police say they found her vehicle in the parking area next to the hiking trails off of Highway 178 where the highway crosses the Chippewa River. That is near St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Police say Karlen has made statements regarding self-harm in the past, but her behavior on Thursday is out of the ordinary.

If anyone has information about Karlen’s whereabouts, please contact the Chippewa County dispatch center at 715-726-7701.

The east lane of Highway 178 northbound is closed. You are asked to use caution if traveling in the area.


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