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One Year Later: Search continues for missing vet, UW-Stout student James Liedtka

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Monday marks one year since Menomonie veteran and UW-Stout student, James Liedtka went missing.

The then 28-year-old was last seen in the early morning hours on November 4, 2018. During that time, surveillance footage shows Liedtka walking behind the Pickle Tavern on Eau Claire’s Water Street, headed toward the bike trail. He was dressed in a maroon T-shirt, jeans and baseball hat. Police said they don’t believe foul play is involved in his disappearance.

One year later, and Liedtka is still nowhere to be found. News 18 reached out to the Eau Claire Police Department for an update. Officials said there have been no new leads or tips. Authorities also want to encourage anyone who may be out searching the river banks for Liedtka, to be safe, pay attention to the weather and river’s height.

News 18 also reached out to the family, but haven’t heard back yet. However, the family posted on their “Bring James Home” Facebook page. In part, the post read:

“Every day we pray that today is the day we get him back. That’ll never change. If he could read this , I would say to him, James, you will never know how much your absence has made a huge hole in our hearts. You are loved and missed everyday.”

If you have any information on the disappearance of Liedtka, contact 715-839-4972.

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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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