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Relatives of missing Manitowoc Co. man sought

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MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department is looking for relatives of a man who disappeared 27 years ago.

Some determination and a little bit of 21st Century technology helped track down what happened to Harry Ballard, who was reported missing in March 1986.

The courts had declared Ballard dead 4 years later, but his body was never discovered – until now.

The search led to Florida where Ballard had been sleeping in a van. He died of natural causes.

A positive identification was made using fingerprints on file with Dade County.

Ballard was 59 when he went missing, and his wife has since died.

Manitowoc County Coroner Curtis Green says notification will be made when relatives are found.

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