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A Wisconsin man who disappeared for two weeks before he was supposed to stand trial on child sex abuse and child pornography charges and was in hiding for more than three years ago in a makeshift bunker hidden deep in the forest, far northern part of the state, the officials said.
The Portage County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that the 44-year-old Jeremiah, a Button, was taken into custody Aug. 9.
Earlier in the day, Nelson of Wausau, told WSAW-TV, he ventured, in a bunker with an open door, carved into the slope that is the first time he has been spotted a few months ago. The mysterious hiding-place was on the land, in the township of Ringle, on the west side of Wausau, located about 145 miles north of Madison, the capital city of the state.
“I just followed the brush marks, I didn’t see the door. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough,” he told the tv station for the first time, he saw in the bunker.
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Nelson, a frequent hunter, told WSAW-TV in the bunker, the door was unlocked on a Friday morning, so he went inside. That is, when it is in contact with a Button, which is gone down in February, 2016.
Jeremiah Button, was arrested Aug. 9 after he was found living in a bunker in the Wisconsin woods for more than three years, according to officials.
(Portage County Sheriff’s Office)
“I pushed the door open, and I will take a look at the inside, and I see canned food, there are a few storage boxes, and I’m like” I have to go,” he told the tv station. “Do I get to the corner, and a little bit of it, and there he was, lying on the bed.”
Nelson then contacted the police and guided them to the bunker, which is a 20-minute stand-off followed, before the 44-year-old delivered. Portage County Sheriff Mike Lukas told Stevens Point Journal, the cabin was concealed in the midst of the trees, in a secluded area.
Kecker said on Button and said to the deputies that he had been building the bunker, while his case was going through court, and it is constantly filled with items that he found at the Marathon County landfill.
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Sheriff’s Lt Jeff Stefonek, told WSAW-TV is the Button of set up of solar panels on the roof of the bunker, and the power LED lights, radios, fans, and all sorts of other electronic devices. He also has a pedal-powered generator for cloudy days.
The bunker was small enough that it was warm in the winter and cool in summer season. He had also built a water filtering system.
“He had to not only survive, but thrive, in this structure, all of the various supplies that he could find it,” Stefonek said to the tv station.
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Button also told the delegates that he has never left the area, according to WSAW.
The button is back in custody on a $100,000 cash bond and is due back in court for a pre-trial conference on Sept. 16. His attorneys, public defenders, Anne Renc, and Jessica Phelps, did not immediately return phone messages to the Associated Press on Wednesday. Court records obtained by the AP demonstrate that they have been assigned to the Button is on a Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.