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Search continues for veteran James Liedtka, last seen four months ago

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A Menomonie veteran has been missing for months, but his family hasn’t given up the search. UW-Stout student James Liedtka, 28, was last seen November 4.

“[The investigation] is still active and ongoing, and we’re going to search every possible lead that we can find,” said Lieutenant Derek Thomas of the Eau Claire Police Department.

Liedtka was last seen on surveillance footage walking along behind the Pickle Tavern on Eau Claire’s Water Street at about 1 a.m. headed toward the bike trail. He was dressed in a maroon T-shirt, jeans and a baseball hat. Police don’t believe foul play is involved in his disappearance.

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“We just want him to come home. We want to bring him home,” said Valerie Parker, Liedtka’s aunt.

Police have done four ground searches and three water searches since he went missing, but his family is taking that effort further. This Saturday, the family wants volunteers to help them raise awareness. Since conditions are too dangerous for river searches, they’ll pass out thousands of fliers to local homes and businesses.

His family and police won’t stop until he is found.

“We’re just trying to bring awareness to the fact that he is still missing and hoping that once the weather gets a little warmer, when people start getting out and about, they know what to notice for,” said Parker. “Once the weather gets better, we’re going to get boats back out on the water, we’re going to search the terrain, we’re going to walk the river banks and we’re going to continue on until we find out where he is at,” said Thomas.

The flier campaign will start at 8 Saturday morning. The family is asking for everyone to check in at the American Legion on Water Street. Visit the Bring James Home Facebook page for more details.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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