January 10, 2003

01/10/03: Nathan Herr, 21, Sheboygan, WI

Nathan Herr
Nathan Herr, a 21-year old landscaper and a friend parted company at Fountain Park in Sheboygan, Wis., on Jan. 10, 2003, after leaving a $10-all-you-can-drink night at a nearby sports bar. Though not a college student himself, Herr had been partying that night along a strip of bars popular with Sheboygan’s college crowd. At 1:30 a.m., he headed north to his home and disappeared. Herr’s body was found about two miles south of where he was last seen.

Nathan's father sees a pattern in the disappearances, ‘I had a map here even trying to figure out how they went, who picked up who first, how they went and it almost looks like they're going around Lake Michigan,’ Herr said. Sheboygan's deputy police chief Robert Wojs, said Nathan's disappearance did prompt reports of strangers offering residents rides late at night, but he sees no evidence of foul play. "Those people that had the rides offered to them are fine--some took rides."

Case Details
Name/age: Nathan Herr, 21
Last seen: 01/10/03, 1:30 a.m., sports bar in Sheboygan, WI
Recovered: 03/15/03, Lake Michigan shore near Humboldt Avenue
Cause of death: drowning
Injuries: no obvious signs of foul play
Blood Alcohol Content: unknown


Anonymous said...

love you my sweet precious son and miss you more

Anonymous said...

oh what happened to you that horrible night/morning of jan 9/10th 2003? that is the only thing I ask to have answered before I die. so everyone will know the answer. my precious sweet nater xxoo

Anonymous said...

its me jiggler corree i miss u dude and i know ur an angel and r in heaven with my angel marivel my prayers for ur family

Anonymous said...

Maybe he was at Skybox Sports Pub & Grille at 1132 8th.I wonder what color his eyes were.I have done a lot of work on this stuff and am frustrated that so little info is being shared.It has become obvious that if a serial killer did exist and was leaving clues all over the country it would be very easy to go un-noticed.

Anonymous said...

Most authorities agree that Sheboygan is a Chippewa word but differ as to its exact meaning. Rev. E. P. Wheeler, in an article on the "Origin and meaning of Wisconsin place names," declares that "Sheboygan" is derived from Zhee-bo-i-gun, that which perforates or pierces; hence Zha-bun-i-gun, a needle.

Joshua Hataway, an authority of some note, says "Sheboygan or Cheboigan of the early maps is from the Indian name Shawb-wa-way-kum, half accent on first and full accent on the third syllable. The word or sentence, most likely Chippewa, expresses a tradition that a great noise, coming underground from the region of Lake Superior, was heard at this river. Father Chrysostom Verwyst, a Franciscan missionary among the Chippewas of Wisconsin and Minnesota, aided by Vincent Roy, a Chippewa merchant, and Antoine Gaudin and M. Gurnoe, two Chippewa scholars, agree that Sheboygan is derived from jibaigan, meaning any perforated object, as a pipe stem. Louis M. Moran, a Chippewa interpreter, asserts that the term means a hollow bone, or perforated object. This is the generally accepted meaning. Sheboygan County, Sheboygan (From "The Romance of Wisconsin Place Names," by Robert Gard, 1968). This word has an Indian origin. There are a number of words of two principal meanings from which it may have been derived. One series is said to mean any hollow object such as a pipe stem, reed, cane stalk, or hollow bone; or that with which one perforates or pierces through, hence a needle or awl. The other meaning refers to a passage away by water, or a riverdisappearing underground, or a noise underground.

One authority claims the Indian word meant "send through" and "drum," and referred to festive tribal occasions when the Indians carried their drums between Sheboygan Falls and Sheboygan and beat the cadence most properly suited to the event. There is also a tradition that a great noise coming underground from the region of Lake Superior was heard at this river. Other explanations offered are that on quiet days sound carried an unusual distance if originated at the mouth of the river, and one Indian chief said that the name referred to the sound heard if one placed an ear to the ground near the mouth of the river. The Sheboygan River was named first, and the county and the city were named after it.

tennessee111 said...

It looks to me from the weather data he could have been in the Sheboygan river and floated to lake Michigan. If true he was probably somewhere near Indian Avenue. IT got above freeing 3 out of the previous 4 days. It was above freezing and sunny 16 hours the previous day. The temperature got into the 50's the day he was found and it was also sunny . Has anyone tested what way a body would float once it reached the lake?

Lisa said...

Very little has been reported on this case. I believe water current tests are not something done routinely by police, unless homicide was suspected and the test was needed for evidence. I say this based only on the Jenkins case. In Jan Jenkins' book, it is clear that the police had discounted homicide right from the start, and the FAMILY had to hire a testing firm themselves and even find a boat that could safely handle the river currents.