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The Search for Eric Duffey
According to the Associated Press, police conducted "an exhaustive neighborhood search for Duffey that included the use of tracking dogs and about 150 volunteers knocking on doors, checking backyards and passing out fliers with Duffey's photo. Police also sent a Code Red Alert out Saturday evening and again on Sunday morning. With the alert, police asked residents between downtown Stevens Point and Duffey's residence to check their property for signs of him."
A witness came forward who told police he had heard someone yelling for help at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday near the Clark Street bridge. The witness had checked into it, but didn't see anyone. (Associated Press).
This tip led police to turn their focus to the Wisconsin River, which is only a few hundred feet from where Duffey was last seen.
On March 5, emergency personnel scoured the river around the Clark Street bridge in "a part of the river where the ice becomes open water," according to the Associated Press. Divers then found a body in the Wisconsin River near the Clark Street Bridge. According to the paper, "the coroner's office made a positive identification after meeting with Duffey's family."
Last Seen: 03/03/12, 1:15 a.m., Joe's Bar, Main Street, Stevens Point, WI
Physical Description: 6'0," 150 pounds, red hair, green eyes.
Last Wearing: orange flannel shirt, blue jeans, a brown jacket, and possibly a gray and white stocking hat.
Investigating Agency: Stevens Point police, 715-346-1501
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Gannett Wisconsin Media (2012, March 5). Missing UW-Stevens Point student update: Police searching Wisconsin River. Post Crescent. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
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Madison.com (2012, March 7). Obituary. Duffey, Eric. J. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
WSAW.com. (2012, March 5). Body Pulled from Wisconsin River ID'ed as Missing UWSP Student. Retrieved March 12, 2012.