Authorities search Hwy. 86 property for Tomahawk-area man missing since Nov. 2021

By Jalen Maki

Tomahawk Leader Editor

LINCOLN COUNTY – Authorities are continuing their search for a Tomahawk-area man who has been missing since late last year.

According to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday, June 22, an “extensive search” of a property on State Hwy. 86 west of Tomahawk was launched. The Sheriff’s Office said the property was the last location David Lee Strahota, age 61, described as being 5’4” tall and weighing 200 pounds, was seen.

The Sheriff’s Office said in April that Strahota was last heard from around Nov. 17, 2021, when he told friends he was “going hunting down south for a couple of weeks.” At that time, the Sheriff’s Office said Strahota had been vague about his exact location and who, if anyone, he would be with, noting he could have potentially gone to the Fox Valley area in eastern Wisconsin.

Strahota did not have a cell phone at the time he went missing and left his vehicle at his residence, which is not out of the ordinary because he usually rides with others, according to the Sheriff’s Office. His home and property were searched, but no leads to his location were discovered, the Sheriff’s Office said in April.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), the Merrill Police Department, the Tomahawk Police Department, the Tomahawk Fire Department and K-9s from Canine Search Solutions LLC assisted the Sheriff’s Office in the search.

The investigation in ongoing.

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