Vigil planned for Eau Claire teen missing in Chippewa River

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – It has been nearly three weeks since an Eau Claire teen went missing in the Chippewa River. Now, an Eau Claire Catholic church is planning a vigil in his honor.

It was April 23 when Panio Hessel, 17, and his friends were at Mount Simon Park in Eau Claire jumping off cliffs into the water below. Hessel was offered $10 to jump in, according to eye witnesses. 

Rescue crews have spent the better portion of the past three weeks looking for Hessel, but to no avail.

Father James Kurzynski, pastor at St. Olaf, said a “vigil/visitation and memorial mass” will be Wednesday evening. The vigil/visitation will begin at 4 p.m. with the mass at 5 p.m.

The Hessel family invites all to stay for food and refreshments afterword, according to Fr. Kurzynski.

St. Olaf’s is located at 3220 Monroe Street in Eau Claire.

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18. Report any website issues to him at cberge@wqow.com

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