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Search continues Wednesday for missing UW-Eau Claire student


Eau Claire (WQOW) - It's day six of the search for a missing UW-Eau Claire student.

Officials believe David Rodgers died Friday night after he went off a bridge railing into the Chippewa River.

Searchers from the Eau Claire, Township, and Black River Falls fire departments took to the water again Wednesday.   

The river is now rising, so water conditions will be evaluated before a decision is made on whether to continue the search Thursday.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - There's still no sign of the UW-Eau Claire student who is missing and believed drowned in the Chippewa River.

David Rodgers was last seen Friday night. Campus police say a witness saw him on the railing of the campus pedestrian bridge before he went into the river.

Eau Claire and Township Fire Department searchers took to the river again Tuesday in their search for Rodgers. They plan to search again Wednesday.


Eau Claire (WQOW)- In the Chippewa River, a search picked up again today.  A UW-Eau Claire student has been missing since he fell into the river Friday night.  The university says it believes David Rodgers did not survive.

Monday Eau Claire firefighters put two boats in the water, and the Black River Falls Fire Department brought up a boat equipped with side-scan sonar.  The campus police chief says they've ruled out foul-play or horseplay involving other people.

"According to the witnesses who were in the area, he was a male subject on the railing area of the footbridge and then at one point, left the immediate vicinity and went into the water," explains chief of UW-Eau Claire police, David Sprick.

The chief says before he disappeared, he was hanging out in his dorm room with friends

"Certainly he had a good number of friends and was well liked by his friends and there is a lot of community support on campus and as well as from the hometown"

The police chief says more than one hundred people from Rodgers' hometown in Minnesota have offered to help with the search if river conditions improve. Today's search was called off late this afternoon because of the weather. The fire chief says they will likely search again tomorrow.

David's family has released a statement saying:

"As we mourn the loss of our son, we take comfort in knowing the last years of his life were spent in a place that he enjoyed."

The faculty, administration and students at UW-Eau Claire were extremely kind to David and helpful in his development.  David was a sophomore math education major.

The family also shared this poem:

What Will Today Bring

This is the beginning of a new day.

I have been given this day to use as I will.

I can waste it or use it for good.

What I do today is important, because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever,

leaving in its place something I have traded for it.

I want it to be for gain, not loss; Good, not evil; Success, not failure;

In order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it because the future is just a whole string of nows.

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