EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The name of the man who’s body was found on the Chippewa River last night has been released.
Brian Carlisle, UW-Eau Claire’s Dean of Students, sent a message to the campus community that it was David Rodgers. He fell into the river on April 19.
Rodgers was a UW-Eau Claire sophomore. Carlisle says he’s been in close contact with Rodgers’ family during the last two months, and spoke with his parents last night. He says he shared the university’s continued support.
Message from Brian Carlisle, UW-Eau Claire Dean of Students:
Dear UW-Eau Claire campus community,
The UW-Eau Claire Police Department has informed me that the body of David Patrick Rodgers was recovered Monday evening from the Chippewa River. David, a sophomore mathematics education major, fell into the river April 19.
I have been in close contact with the family over the last two months, and I spoke with David's parents last evening, sharing with them our campus community's continued support. Please keep David's family in your hearts during this difficult time.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Eau Claire Fire Department says crews have pulled a body from the Chippewa River Monday evening.
Our photographer on the scene saw crews searching the river in the area of the UW-Eau Claire campus. A battalion chief with the fire department says the body was found just downstream from the Short Street Bridge in Eau Claire, but all other details of the case will be handled by the University Police Department.
So far, the body has not been identified.
In April, UW-Eau Claire student 20-year-old David Patrick Rodgers of Northfield, Minnesota went missing in the Chippewa River. Police said at the time Rodgers disappeared from his dorm room and matched the description of the person witnesses say fell into the river from the campus footbridge. The search for Rodgers ended without crews being able to find him.
The battalion chief we spoke with says he is not aware of any other people currently missing on the Chippewa River.
We'll have more on this story as it becomes available here on WEAU.com.