Police Chief Found Dead in Campground, an Apparent Suicide
WASHBURN, Wis. (Associated Press) - The police chief of this far
northern Wisconsin community was found dead at a
campground Tuesday evening, an apparent suicide,
Bayfield County Sheriff Robert Follis said Chief
John Augsburger was found at the Long Lake campground
about six miles east of Washburn shortly after 5
Augsburger had contacted the Bayfield County
communications dispatcher and told the officer on duty
that he was going to kill himself, the sheriff
Follis said Augsburger was off-duty at the time and
had driven to the lake in his own vehicle and with his
Augsburger left a note, Follis said, but he did not
know the contents.
"I don't know what precipitated this," he said. "I
left for a meeting at four o'clock and I was flagged
down by one of the city police."
Follis said the department was investigating the
death, but it appeared to be a suicide and no foul
play was suspected.
Follis said the death followed a meeting with city
"Only they can tell you what transpired there," he
Washburn Mayor Walt Hovey declined to speak about
what happened at the meeting but said Augsburger had
not been fired, nor was his job in jeopardy.
In January 2001, Augsburger was cleared in a
hearing by the Washburn City Council following a
citizen allegation of conspiracy, harassment and
Augsburger and a police sergeant were exonerated
following a seven-hour closed session in which City
Attorney John Anderson said the council found no
"credible evidence" in the allegations.
Hovey said the city would issue a news release on