Tom Hecht, 28, vanished around 10 p.m. the night of Saturday, March 10 after celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Shamrock Shindig Pub Crawl in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was last seen at Rosie’s Bar at 1111 N. Water Street. According to the According to the official Web site for Hecht, "He may have gotten in a cab, and he may have gone to Milwaukee’s Third Ward, although no one is certain."
Hecht lived in a condo at N. Commerce Street, within walking distance of the bar.
The Search for Tom Hecht
According to WISN.com, "surveillance tapes [from Rosie's owner] showed Tom Hecht leaving the bar at 9:15 p.m. -- not 10 p.m. -- but Milwaukee police would not comment on the timeline."
"We're still walking the river's edge. We still have a boat on the river. We're continuing to interview friends who were last seen with Mr. Hecht," Milwaukee police Capt. James Shepard told the paper.
According to a blog by CNN's Nancy Grace, "Police harbor units and a fire department rescue team searched the Milwaukee River for any sign of Hecht earlier this week, WISN reported, although authorities said there was no evidence that he had fallen in the water. Volunteers have been scouring the streets, posting fliers throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the bar and trying to spread the word about him online."
Hecht's dad told WISN.com that his son was responsible and predictable and would never just disappear.
The body of Tom Hecht was recovered on Thursday, March 22 from the Milwaukee River. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Hecht's body was found "near N. Water and E. Pleasant streets - about halfway between the bar where Hecht was last seen and his N. Commerce St. condo...To get home, he likely would have crossed the river on a bridge near where his body was found."
The paper reported that the death appeared to be accidental and that there was nothing to suggest foul play.
An autopsy performed March 23 indicated the cause of death as drowning. There were no signs of trauma to the body.
Name/age: Tom Hecht, 28
Last seen: 3/10/12, 10:30 p.m. at Rosie's Bar, 1111 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI during the "Shamrock Shindig Pub Crawl"
Physical Description: 5'10," 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Last seen wearing: green T-shirt with a St. Patrick’s Day inscription on the front and green party beads around his neck.
Investigating Agency: Milwaukee Police, (414) 935-7401.
Links: http://tomhecht.com/, Printable Flyer
Durhams, Sharif. (2012, March 23). Autopsy confirms Hecht died from drowning. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
Johnson, Annysa and Diedrich, John. (2012, March 22). Tom Hecht's body recovered; death appears accidental. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
Grace, Nancy. (2012, March 16). Search for missing Milwaukee man covers land, water. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
WISN.com. (2012, March 17). Saturday Marks One Week Since Milwaukee Man Went Missing. Retrieved March 17, 2012.