Schroeder family fears for missing husband; body of Brian Harvey doesn't help

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

ONALASKA, Wis (WEAU) -Finding the body of missing man Brian Harvey earlier this week strikes fear for other families that also have a missing family member.

Dave Schroeder from Onalaska has been missing for 3 weeks. His family holds onto hope but fears the worst, and hearing about other missing persons being found murdered is a nightmare they hope will never come true.

Dave Schroeder’s wife Karla is still waiting for her husband to walk through the front door.

“It’s hard to believe he might be out there somewhere because he has been gone so long but of course I want to believe he is out there somewhere,” said Karla.

She says she often flips though old photo albums, wondering where her husband might be.

“I often wonder what happened to him. Why did he choose to leave when he did? Where is he?” said Karla.

She continues to hope for a happy ending, but sometimes that’s not easy to do. Right now she is taking care of her 3 boys all by herself, one that is disabled and needs extra care. She says her oldest has taken over being the man of the house, which is a lot to ask of a 19 year old.

“The church has been a huge help and friends will come up to me and tell me they love me and are praying for us,” said Karla.

There was an extensive search from the Schroeder home that extended all the way to the end of the Prairie. Farmer’s fields have been cut down and searched to no avail. One last search will be done in a couple weeks by air, once the leaves have fallen off the trees.

“Dave was last seen wearing a blue shirt, jeans and wearing black shoes,” said Investigator Mark Yehle.

Dave is a large man. He is more than 6 feet tall and weighs more than 200 lbs. If anyone saw him they are asked to contact the La Crosse County Sheriffs office at 608.785.9629

“Dave was not feeling well mentally and emotionally when he left the house,” said Yehle.

Yehle did mention that the team has a new lead on the case although he wasn’t able to go into detail at the time. It is believed that someone may have seen Dave get dropped off or picked up the day after he went missing just a few miles from his home.

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