UPDATE: Search for missing veteran and UW-Stout student continues

Published: Nov. 8, 2018 at 11:32 AM CST
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The Eau Claire Police Department is searching for a missing army veteran and current UW-Stout student.

James Bernard Liedtka, 28, has been missing since Sunday, November 4th. Police and fire officials conducted a routine search of the Chippewa River for clues into his disappearance. He was last seen on Water Street in Eau Claire before losing contact with friends. Loved ones say they've been contacting his friends and co-workers all week but haven’t had any luck finding him.

Police say he was last seen wearing a baseball cap, white button up and red plaid and black striped shirt and jeans. Missing for more than 72 hours, his family says they're concerned for his safety.

"Last contact that they had with him was about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday night…they tried to contact him throughout the course of the day, throughout Sunday but were unsuccessful," said Lt. Derek Thomas of the Eau Claire Police Department.

Cell phone GPS coordinates show his last activity was in the 1100 block of Menomonie Street towards the Chippewa River. "We don't have any definitive information to say he's actually in the river, we're just covering our bases," said Lt. Thomas.

Investigators say Liedtka's vehicle has not been moved since his disappearance and none of his classmates have seen him. "He's a student at UW-Stout, he hasn't been in his course classes all week and his residence, he has not been at his residence all week," said Thomas.

Police say they're using Liedtka's cell phone records to aid in the investigation. Investigators say they're working on gathering security footage from establishments on Water Street where Liedtka may have visited Saturday night.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (RELEASE) --On Saturday November 3, 2018 James B. Liedtka (DOB: 09/06/1990) and several friends were on Water Street during the evening hours. Liedtka separated from his friends later on in the evening but had telephone contact with one of them at approximately 12:25 am Sunday morning.

On Sunday November 4, 2018 at 2:10 pm, the Eau Claire Police Department was notified that Liedtka has not been seen since Saturday night. Numerous attempts have been made to contact him but were unsuccessful.

The Eau Claire Police Department immediately started to investigate. We learned that his vehicle has not moved since the night he went missing. He has not been to his residence in Eau Claire or Menomonie where he is a student at UW-Stout. He has also not been in class all week.

According to Liedtka's telephone records, his last activity was on November 4, 2018 at 8:25 pm.

This activity could be an incoming phone call or incoming text message. The telephone is now inactive, which means it is either shut off or the battery has died. The GPS coordinates provided by the telephone company led the police to the 1100 block Menomonie Street near the Chippewa River.

The Eau Claire Police Department and the Eau Claire Fire Department are searching this area. No additional assistance is needed in the search.

Liedtka is described to be 5'7", 170 lbs with dark brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap, white button up red plaid and black stripes shirt and jeans. If you have any information of Liedtka's whereabouts, please contact the Eau Claire Police Department at 715-839-4972.