La Crosse Student Missing After Wedding Reception

Craig Meyers missing, footprints lead to river

Updated: Monday, 15 Feb 2010, 2:00 PM CST
Published : Monday, 15 Feb 2010, 5:56 PM CST

A La Crosse, Wisconsin college student has been reported missing after wedding reception and night of drinking.

Police are considering whether or not to search the Mississippi River for 21-year-old Craig J. Meyers. La Crosse police Capt. Rob Abraham said a set of footprints leads out onto the river, but further investigtion revealed those prints did not belong to eyers.

Meyers, a student at Western Technical College, was last seen around 2 a.m. Sunday when his cousin dropped him off on the 700 block of Market Street. Police said Meyers spent Saturday night at a wedding reception and drinking at two bars.

Craig Meyers is 5-foot-6, 165 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, light-colored collared long sleeve shirt and dark pants. Anyone with any information is asked to call La Crosse police at (608) 785-5962.

Meyers' family reported him missing around 11:40 a.m. Sunday. Police questioned several people in areas he was last seen while family members searched the downtown area. A bloodhound with the Jackson County sheriff's office lost Meyers' scent near the same location he was last seen.

Meyers studies criminal justice at Western Technical College.

The disappearance is similar to eight alcohol-related drowning deaths in rivers in the same region between 1997 and 2006. The FBI found no evidence of foul play in those cases.

Earlier this month, police closed the case on the death of University of St. Thomas student Dan Zamlen, whose body was recovered from the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minn.

Zamlen's death rekindled suspicions of a so-called “happy face serial killer,” preying on college men like Zamlen and University of Minnesota student Chris Jenkins who vanished under similar circumstances.

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