A Wisconsin Rapids-based organization worked with local law enforcement agencies Monday to help search for three men who have been reported missing in Eau Claire.
Rapid Search and Rescue sent 18 volunteers to search the area surrounded by Black Avenue, Peterson Drive, U.S. 53 and Highway 312, and the Chippewa River near the Hobbs boat landing, Eau Claire police spokeswoman Bridget Coit said.
The Rapid Search and Rescue volunteers were joined in the search by about a dozen local law enforcement personnel, Coit said.
The search is an attempt to find Blake Mares, Brenden Felton and Byron Reece.
Family members reported Mares, 23, missing on Nov. 5, several days after he fled from a traffic stop on Eau Claire’s far east side.
Mares was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, light-colored blue jeans and black Nike shoes.
While Mares is believed to be evading law enforcement, Eau Claire police are urging people to offer information primarily in concern for his safety.
Property owners near the Kwik Trip on Black Avenue — close to where the traffic stop occurred on Oct. 20 — are asked to check their land and buildings. Mares had fled on foot into the woods east of the Highway 312 exit ramp off U.S. 53 when an Altoona police officer stopped the car he’d been riding in.
Anyone with information of Mares’ whereabouts are asked to call 715-491-1446.
Felton, 25, was last seen Oct. 28 in downtown Eau Claire, walking north on First Avenue from Lake Street.
Police said it was suspicious that Felton’s phone was off, goes straight to voice mail when called and has no recorded activity since 10:28 p.m. Oct. 28.
While Felton lives with roommates, none of them has seen or heard from him since Oct. 28, police said.
Police responded to a call earlier on Oct. 28 involving Felton, who they said was intoxicated. He was subsequently arrested on a minor charge and brought to the Eau Claire County Jail. He was later released.
Felton was wearing blue jeans, a two-tone gray hooded sweatshirt and a red undershirt.
Anyone with information about Felton’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 715-839-4972.
UW-Eau Claire police are conducting a missing person investigation involving Reece, whose personal property was found in Putnam Park on Nov. 10.
Reese, 33, is not affiliated with UW-Eau Claire. Reece’s acquaintances had not seen or heard from him for several days.
Anyone with information about Reece is asked to call UW-Eau Claire police at 715-839-4972.
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