EPHRAIM, Wis. (AP) — The Door County Sheriff’s Department says it has been denied a verbal request to search the family home of a missing Grand Chute doctor by the attorney the man’s wife has hired.
Chief Deputy Pat McCarty tells Post-Crescent Media on Tuesday that consent to search the home was denied and that without evidence of a crime, investigators cannot obtain a search warrant.
Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside was last seen at the Ephraim Yacht Harbor Marina three weeks ago. The 63-year-old physician was vacationing with his family in the Door County community when he disappeared June 29.
Authorities say foul play has not been ruled out in Whiteside’s disappearance. McCarty says Kathi Whiteside’s decision to hire an attorney doesn’t automatically make her a person of interest. Her lawyer, Brad Priebe, did not immediately return a call for comment.