UPDATE: Names released of 1 killed, 2 hospitalized, 1 still missing after Marinette County crash

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Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 9:45 PM EDT
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TOWN OF BEAVER, Wis. (WLUC) - The names from a fatal crash leaving one man still missing in Marinette County were released Thursday.

The Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Suave reports that several interviews were done with the assistance of a Spanish-speaking deputy from the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office. As a result, the following was determined.

The deceased has been identified as 53-year-old Juaquin Sanches. He was residing on 3rd Road and working on a local farm. The surviving passengers – 28-year-old Jeremias Centeno and 36-year-old Jilberto Espinosa were treated at hospitals and then released. They also were residing on 3rd Road in Beaver and working on the same farm.

The suspected driver has not been located as of yet. He has been identified as 40-year-old Jose Santos Gurdian, a Hispanic male. He also resided with the others, who were all on their way to work at the farm. The investigation so far leads officers to believe that he survived the crash and has fled the area.

His photo is posted to the Marinette County Sheriff’s Facebook page which you can see below.

The Marinette County Sheriff urges anyone with information on Jose Santos Gurdian’s whereabouts to call the Sheriff’s office at (715) 732-7627.

The investigation will continue by the Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner.

Last published: Sep 21, 2022 10:40:51 PM

One person was killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon in southern Marinette County.

According to Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve, the crash scene was discovered at 4:00 p.m. on 3rd Road, between State Highway 64 and County P in the Town of Beaver.

A caller reported a power pole on fire. Responding deputies found that a southbound vehicle went off the road and into the east ditch, hitting the pole and stopping in a cornfield. A 53-year-old man, thrown from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other men were taken to the hospital for treatment. Another man left the scene, the sheriff says, and hasn’t been located.

Sauve says significant follow-up work needs to be done on this case. It remains under investigation by the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and Marinette County Medical Examiner. Sauve says names and further information will be released later.

Coleman Rescue, Pound Fire, Bay Area/Aurora Paramedics and Wisconsin Public Service all assisted at the scene. It was the fifth traffic fatality in Marinette County in 2022.