Man injured at festival still in critical condition

The Dubuque man who sustained a head injury at the Rock on the River campground on July 13 remains in critical condition at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities said Tuesday that his condition was improving, but they could not elaborate on his specific injuries or about when he would be out of the hospital.

Joshua Milligan, 28, was injured late on the evening of July 13, at the Bridgeport festival grounds. According to the sheriff’s department, authorities were notified around 10:45 p.m. that an unconscious male was lying near the bathrooms in the campground area. Deputies and emergency medical staff working on the grounds responded and found Milligan lying face down, unconscious in the gravel with apparent head wounds. Milligan was taken to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital and later transported by med flight to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse.

Through interviews, deputies gained information that Milligan was allegedly struck in the head during an altercation. Working in pairs, the deputies interviewed everyone at the campground, along with every occupant of all the vehicles leaving the grounds the next morning.

“The investigation has led us to two people of interest,” Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick stated. “The people we are looking at are acquaintances of the victim and are also from Dubuque, Iowa.”

When the sheriff’s department learned that these people of interest resided in Iowa, Crawford County sheriff’s investigators contacted the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation and began a joint investigation. Search warrants in both Iowa and Wisconsin have been conducted.

“This is an ongoing investigation and once completed all information and evidence gathered will be turned over to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office for charges,” McCullick said.

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