UPDATE: Crews continue search for missing Eau Claire man

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Volunteer search crews plan to continue the search for Brenden Felton in Eau Claire on Wednesday. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion on Water Street.

In a search group on Facebook, organizers say volunteers will gather Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion on Water St.

Organizers say they will update everyone with search information at that time. Organizers say volunteers will be gathering together to head out as a large group. If possible, they are asking volunteers to wear bright colors so they can stick out to each other.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)— Crews and volunteers continue the search for an Eau Claire man missing since Saturday night. Brenden Felton, 25, was last seen in downtown Eau Claire.

Volunteers continued their search of land around downtown Eau Claire and near Felton's home Tuesday afternoon. At the same time, firefighters sent crews out on the Chippewa River with two boats and the Eau Claire Police Department sent its drone up in the air.

“The goal of the drone team is really to use it for cases just like this, to help the public and any specific search and rescue operations,” Officer Bridget Coit explained.

Felton was last seen walking on 1st Avenue in Eau Claire. The police department says on Saturday night officers arrested Felton for criminal damage to property. Police say Brenden was intoxicated at the time of his arrest. He was taken to the Eau Claire County Jail and was booked into their custody and later released which is standard procedure for the charges he was booked on.

“Per the Sheriff’s Department policy, they don't hold a person if their intoxicated. Typically if they are held, it’s on OWI cases. That’s when they are held until a responsible person can pick them up,” Detective Derek Thomas explained.

Police say after Felton was released from the jail, he had contact with the officer that arrested him earlier in the night.

“The officer asked him if he needed a ride, a taxi or a friend to pick him up and he refused to have any help,” Thomas added.

Investigators say records show no activity on his cellphone after 10:30 on Saturday night.

“Right now we don’t have any indication that he went into the river. We just have lost contact with him from 10:28 p.m. Saturday. His phone has been off since that time and the family hasn’t seen him, which is unusual for Brenden,” Detective Thomas said.

Over the phone, Brendon's dad Brad told WEAU 13 News the family is so thankful for the overwhelming support and volunteers helping in the search for Brenden. They are asking for people in the community to keep an eye out in their neighborhoods and their backyards for any signs of Brenden.

If you see Felton or have any information about his whereabouts you're asked to contact the Eau Claire Police Department at 715-839-4972.

Crews and volunteers are out searching for a missing Eau Claire man.
They are searching for Brenden Felton, 25. He was last seen in downtown Eau Claire Saturday night.

Tuesday morning, a volunteer search crew comprised of family, friends and community members met at the Wagner’s Parking lot to begin their search. The Eau Claire Fire Department has two boats on the Chippewa River Tuesday and Eau Claire Police are planning on using their drone team to conduct a search.

Police say they responded to a call that involved Felton Saturday night. They say he was intoxicated and later arrested and brought to the Eau Claire County Jail. Police say Felton was released that same night and was last seen walking north on First Avenue from Lake Street around 10:30 p.m.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Eau Claire Police Department at 715-839-4972.

Courtesy: Eau Claire Police Department

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