Eau Claire (WQOW) – Nearly four months after 28-year-old James Liedtka disappeared on Water Street in Eau Claire, police have ruled out foul play.
Liedtka is a student at UW-Stout and veteran. He was last seen on video surveillance footage walking alone behind the Pickle Tavern towards the bike trail at 1:13 a.m. on November 4, 2018. He was wearing a baseball cap, maroon t-shirt and jeans.
In a news release, police said they’ve conducted four ground searches and three water searches since his disappearance. Police searched Liedtka’s homes in Menomonie and Eau Claire. They’ve also searched Liedtka’s financial records and have conducted numerous interviews with friends, family members and witnesses. Police said there is no indication Liedtka was having issues with anyone or that anything suspicious was involved in his disappearance.
The family of James Liedtka is organizing a public search event to find Liedtka on March 23. Bridget Coit with the Eau Claire Police Department told News 18 their agency will not be assisting in that search because of safety concerns. She said with the snow, or suspected flooding that may follow, it will not be safe for people to be along the river.
Eau Claire police told News 18 they are continuing to investigate this case and conducted interviews as recently as last week.
Update (WQOW) – Eau Claire police continue to search the Chippewa River for missing veteran James Liedtka.
Liedtka is a student at UW-Stout who was reported missing Sunday, November 4.
Tuesday, police and fire crews are searching the riverbank along the 200-400 blocks of Water Street after detectives spotted Liedtka on Water St. video surveillance walking in the 300-400 blocks. He was last seen walking eastbound behind the Pickle Tavern towards the bike trail at 1:13 a.m.
Liedtka is described to be 5’7″, 170 lbs with dark brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap, maroon shirt and jeans.
If you have any information of Liedtka’s whereabouts, contact the Eau Claire Police Department at 715-839-4972.
Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire police along with fire and rescue are searching for a missing veteran and another person.
A News 18 reporter has confirmed crews are looking for James Liedtka, 28, who has been missing since Sunday. Liedtka is a student at UW-Stout who was last seen on the 1100 block of Water Street. He has not been to classes all week. There is no activity in his house in Eau Claire and his car is empty.
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. If you see him call 911.
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.
While on scene, News 18 has also learned searchers are looking for a second missing person, Toby Cleasby. He was reportedly last seen on Monday evening.
Cleasby, 53, of Gilmanton, was reported missing Tuesday. His vehicle was found near North Shore Drive and Hitchkiss Road in Eau Claire County. A search of the area with a K-9, law enforcement and fire officials did not find him.
Any information on Toby’s whereabouts can be directed to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office (608) 685-4433.