His body was discovered there on April 17th by a citizen utilizing their own sonar equipment to search the muddy waters and scan the lake bottom.
Geurts, 26, had been visiting Madison in mid January 2013 for an agricultural convention. Early one morning, he stepped briefly outside his room at the Sheraton Hotel and was never seen or heard from again.
The infamously brutal Madison Police Department then began predicting the young man had drowned in frozen Lake Monona nearby, even when there was no indication the ice had been disturbed anywhere and searchers found no actual trail leading toward the water.
However, at the hour Geurts did disappear, some MPD officers had coincidentally answered a 911 call regarding a young male knocking on the backdoor of someone's lakefront home.
The knocking stranger matched Geurts' description, the emergency phone call was placed within a half hour of his leaving his hotel room, and the home in question was adjacent to the Sheraton.
Charlie Geurts is just one of hundreds of young males in the past 16+ years to vanish into thin air during cold weather only to be found drowned days, weeks or months later.
Their suspicious deaths are always dismissed as accidental by local authorities, unless loved ones hire their own private investigators and obtain independent medical examiners to perform full autopsies.
But the good news is that even the FBI has finally acknowledged that a clear pattern and victimology exists in the Case of the Drowning Men, and that the number of fatalities at this point are much too high for all the disappearances and drownings to be just a coincidence.
With Madison a favorite hot spot of the Smiley Face Killers and its citizens up in arms about rogue cops, then city officials can now expect to be paid a visit by the Bureau in the not-so-distant future. Something which, in light of the climbing body count and this most recent tragedy, can't happen too soon.
Image source: Killing Killers website
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