Just released by officials:
Missing Person Investigation
On Wednesday 01/06/2021 at approximately 1:18 p.m. a white passenger car was reported to have been found in the 9000 block of Il Rt. 2, rural Byron. The vehicle was located by Ogle County deputies a short time later and it was determined the unoccupied vehicle belonged to Brandon Cuddy. Mr. Cuddy was previously reported as a missing person to the Byron Police Department. The area was searched by Deputies, Winnebago County bloodhound, Ogle County Sheriff’s Office drone and a boat from Byron Fire. All attempts to locate Mr. Cuddy were unsuccessful.
On Thursday 01/07/2021 members of the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, Winnebago County Sheriff’s K9 and Byron Fire expanded the area of search; again efforts yielded no additional evidence.
The investigation into the whereabouts of Brandon Cuddy continues. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office at 815-732-2136 or Ogle-Lee Crime Stoppers at 888-228-4488
Update from Billy Cuddy: “Ogle county hasn’t done anything. We located his car after we found a boat and scanned route 2 from Rockford to Byron. Authorities haven’t done nothing on this, and shouldn’t be credited with anything except directing traffic on RT 2. They searched a tiny section of the water yesterday for about 20 minutes before giving up. Ottawa River Rescue is bringing a full crew and two boats equipped with sonar and will be searching the river tomorrow. Volunteers who want to assist in searching can meet at 8am on Saturday morning. We are meeting at Cornerstone church in Byron. Volunteers will search the crash site and banks of the river. After the dog left yesterday, we found one of his shoes that he was wearing that night along with a bottle of his cologne.”
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