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NEW INFORMATION: Eau Claire man died of accidental drowning, police say

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Mark T. Schwendinger, Courtesy: Eau Claire Police Department Mark T. Schwendinger, Courtesy: Eau Claire Police Department

Eau Claire (WQOW) - New information was released about the Eau Claire man, who was pulled from the Eau Claire River on Monday.

Lieutenant Derek Thomas, with the Eau Claire Police Department, told News 18 Mark Schwendinger, 47, of Eau Claire, likely died of an accidental drowning.

As News 18 previously reported, Schwendinger's body was pulled from the Eau Claire River on Monday after he reportedly went in Saturday evening while fishing.

Police said his body was sent to Madison for a forensic autopsy. No trauma was found on his body, leading them to believe it was an accidental drowning.

Police said they don't believe there was any foul play.

On Wednesday, News 18 also learned when funeral services for Schwendinger will be held. According to Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, who is handling the arrangements, services will be held Thursday at Jacob's Well Church, located in the Town of Seymour.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with his funeral service following.

According to his obituary, in lieu of flowers, Schwendinger's family is asking for memorials, which will be used to help establish and promote river and water safety awareness in his honor.


Posted July 17, 2017 at 12:02 p.m.:

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire rescue divers can be seen in the river near Phoenix Park on Monday.

News 18 has a reporter on scene, who said blood hounds just finished searching along the river banks late Monday morning. Eau Claire police told News 18 there is good indication Mark T. Schwendinger, 47 of Eau Claire, was in the area and didn't leave, but with so much foot traffic in the area, it's difficult to confirm.

News 18 reported Schwendinger was last seen fishing near the river confluence in Phoenix Park in the afternoon of July 15.

Eau Claire rescue divers are now in the river to continue water search efforts. Schwendinger is described as a male/white, brown hair, hazel eyes, 5'7" and 230 pounds.

If you have information as to Schwendinger's whereabouts, or if you saw him on July 15, 2017 in Phoenix Park, please contact Detective Lieutenant Derek Thomas at 715-839-6281.


Posted on July 17, 2017 at 11:05 a.m.:

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Authorities have released more information on a missing person who they say went missing near the river in Phoenix Park on Saturday.

Eau Claire police are searching for Mark T. Schwendinger, 47, of Eau Claire, who was last seen fishing near the river in Phoenix Park in the afternoon of July 15.

Authorities said search efforts have been underway in the water and will continue Monday. Schwendinger is described as a male/white, brown hair, hazel eyes, 5'7" and 230 pounds.

If you have information as to Schwendinger's whereabouts, or if you saw him on July 15, 2017 in Phoenix Park, please contact Detective Lieutenant Derek Thomas at 715-839-6281.


Posted on July 16, 2017:

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Authorities in Eau Claire spent Sunday on the Chippewa River, searching for a person they say went missing near the river in Phoenix Park on Saturday. 

The Eau Claire Police Department isn't identifying the missing person just yet, but they said crews were notified Sunday that the subject was last seen fishing along the river at about 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. Saturday. 

On Sunday, the Eau Claire Fire Department sent two boats into the water in a effort to find the person. Rescues crews called off their search as the sun set Sunday evening, but police told News 18 they'll likely resume the effort come Monday. 

They said officials will discuss bringing in more resources, like blood hounds to track the person, in the hope they are somewhere along the shoreline. 

Authorities said they will release more information about the search in the coming days. 

**This is a developing story. Stay with News 18 for the latest information.**

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