Eau Claire (WQOW) – The fourth day of a river search for a missing Eau Claire teen has concluded and crews are unsure if they’ll be on the water this weekend.
Eau Claire Fire Division Chief Brian Toonen said four boats were out on the water Friday searching for missing Eau Claire teen Panio Hessel.
Toonen said Friday’s search was the most expansive yet, stretching from Mount Simon Park to Caryville.
The Eau Clarie Sheriff’s Office also deployed a drone to get an aerial view of the river and riverbanks. Toonen says the river is rising and the current is getting stronger. He said the search this weekend will depend on both the weather and river conditions.
If Hessel is not found by Monday, emergency crews will to re-evaluate their plan going forward.