March 13, 2012

03/03/12: Eric Duffey, 21, Stevens Point, WI

Eric Duffey
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Eric Duffey, a 21-year old University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student, was last seen about 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, leaving Joe's Bar in downtown Stevens Point, Wisc. Duffey had been out celebrating his 21st birthday, and he was believed to be heading home when he left the bar. He lived only blocks away on Isadore Street. It was the last time he was seen.

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."

Eric Duffey
Police believe Duffey may have been heading back to his residence or to the residence of his girlfriend.

According to the Associated Press, "[Stevens Point assistant police chief Brian] Kudronowicz said the department had received new information that led officials to believe Duffey walked into the Wisconsin River."

"I think alcohol had something to do with his actions," said he said.

Duffey's obituary listed his cause of death as accidental drowning.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Stevens Point police at 715-346-1501.

About Eric Duffey

An excerpt from Eric Duffey's obituary (, reads:

Eric Duffey
"Eric Duffey was born on March 3, 1991, in Madison, the son of Daren and Joan (Spurrier) Duffey. Eric graduated from Verona High School in 2009, where he was a member of the golf team for four years. He was currently attending UW-Stevens Point, majoring in Wildlife Ecology Research Management. Eric was an active member of the UWSP chapter of the Wildlife Society. While in high school, Eric worked at Meadowood Ace Hardware and then as a field technician for Monsanto while at UWSP. He was recently hired and looking forward to working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. Eric enjoyed traveling with the university on ecological trips. He was creative and dedicated to family, nature, and the environment....His contagious smile and great sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him."

Eric is survived by his parents, maternal and maternal grandparents, two aunts, an uncle, two cousins and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 9 at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish. A memorial fund will be established in Duffey's name.

Case Details

Name/age: Eric Duffey, 21
Hometown: Fitchburg, WI
Residence: 700 Isadore Street
College: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Last Seen: 03/03/12, 1:15 a.m., Joe's Bar, Main Street, Stevens Point, WI
Recovered: 03/05/12, Wisconsin River
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


Associated Press (2012, March 5). Police: Missing Wis. student's body found in river. Retrieved March 12, 2012.

Gannett Wisconsin Media (2012, March 5). Missing UW-Stevens Point student update: Police searching Wisconsin River. Post Crescent. Retrieved March 12, 2012.

Lohr, David (2012, March 5). Eric Duffey Missing: Body Found In Wisconsin River Could Be That Of Missing College Student. Huffington Post. Retrieved March 12, 2012. (2012, March 7). Obituary. Duffey, Eric. J. Retrieved March 13, 2012. (2012, March 5). Body Pulled from Wisconsin River ID'ed as Missing UWSP Student. Retrieved March 12, 2012.


Ronni Bear said...

Just makes no sense. The bridge is way too high to fall from and if you went in by the shore, it is shallow and the first step in would tell you that you were no longer on a sidewalk/pavement. I went with a friend today to check out his path and reasoning and it makes no sense. Side note/no SF graffiti found, for those wondering.

Mbaz said...

The SF theory is garbage. Whats not garbage and what gets completely dwarfed by the SF theory is that some of these kids are actually being murdered. The fact that someone heard crys for help in the area, which lead to the discovery of his body, is a sign of foul play. However this is exactly like every other case, and the COD will likely be accidental drowning again. .

tennessee111 said...

your missing the point if you expect to see a smiley face. Ant grafitti should be noted

tennessee111 said...


Ronni Bear said...

FWIW--It was found that within a week of the drowning the entire bridge was repainted white AND they did cover SF graffiti!! And Tenn111 is right--ANY graffiti should be noted. There are graffiti (and other) links.

Anonymous said...

Sooo he walked into the river.....well maybe m knight shaymalan can mix the happening with the sixth sense and maybe that will work out....

C said...

I agree.. the witness who heard cries for help went to investigate and saw nothing. You'd think if he fell in the water , screaming for help and flapping his arms or whatever that witness would have seen it. Since that did not happen, I personally assume his mouth was being covered or "they" shut him up real quick after he let out a scream .

C said...

I agree.. the witness who heard cries for help went to investigate and saw nothing. You'd think if he fell in the water , screaming for help and flapping his arms or whatever that witness would have seen it. Since that did not happen, I personally assume his mouth was being covered or "they" shut him up real quick after he let out a scream .

Rhonda Whetstone said...

ALL graffiti is noted. I merely mentioned the SF as that is what the gang of killers is called. Also, there WAS a large smiley face painted on that bridge, there are the time of the incident. However, the bridge was ordered painted within a couple days.

If you want a clearer look at what might be going on, read about "gang stalking." I can tell you that those investigating are very aware of all of this that I am stating.