Woman charged with obstructing investigation; authorities search lake

BURNETT COUNTY – The Burnett County Sherrif’s Office, North Memorial Ambulance, Siren Fire Department and the Siren Police Department all responded to a 911 call that a suicidal male had jumped into Clear Lake in the village of Siren. The call came in at 6:20 a.m on Friday, Oct. 20.

A preliminary search of the beach and boat landing was conducted. Once the sun rose, two volunteer firefighters in cold water gear along with a BCSO deputy and SPD officer in a boat searched along the shoreline from the beach to Little Mexico restaurant approximately a half-mile to the south. After the search was completed, Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers cleared the scene of all departments.

Burnett County Deputy Travis Theix, Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers, and Siren’s part-time officer Trevor Theix interviewed the caller and found discrepancies in her story. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing a police investigation. All precautions were made to secure the residence in the Siren Trailer Park as a crime scene. But around 12:30 p.m. the male returned to the home and questioned what was happening.

It was discovered that the couple had been in an argument and he chose to leave to get away from the female. He went and walked south into the woods on the east side of the highway opposite the lake. He didn’t have a cell phone so contact couldn’t be made, and he wouldn’t have been able to see the search on the opposite side.

The female will also be charged with domestic battery for having choked the man during the argument. She is being held in the Burnett County Jail on a probation hold for the weekend.