Officials Grateful for Outpour of Community Support During Challenging Manhunt

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Investigators are searching around the clock.

And the community is showing how appreciative they are.

Residents have made the job a bit easier for those officers by sending them donations.

We spoke with a commander for the sheriff’s department, who told us he and his officers are grateful for the help.

“It’s been a huge boost to our morale around here.”

Rock County Sheriff’s Department Commander Troy Knudsen expressing his appreciation for the community’s support while his officers search for Joseph Jakubowski.

“They are working extremely long hours-12, 14, 16, some of them even beyond that hours per day, day after day since this has begun,” said Commander Knudsen. “I think we’re on perhaps day 7, the days are starting to come together.”

Knudsen says the contributions have made the long hours and stress of a nonstop manhunt a bit easier.

Contributions like handwritten notes, Easter baskets, food, and gift cards.

“It wasn’t an aspect of this case that I really expected,” said Knudsen. “And when that first donation came in,  and I believe it was two mothers and a couple of their children, they just stopped in and wanted to deliver it personally. It kind of caught me a little off-guard, and definitely tugged at the heart strings there. This is an outstanding community.”

It’s a community assist that Knudsen hopes will encourage his officers to perform their best until they find Jakubowski.

“The support that we’ve received in the course of this investigation has been just unbelievable. As an agency, as a group of law enforcement officers working this case we have received a huge outpouring of support”

The FBI is offering a $20,000 dollar reward for information that could lead to Jakubowski’s arrest.

Tips can be reported to the FBI tip line, or to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office tip line.

Authorities urge no one to approach Jakubowski.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

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