Leader-Telegram staff

The public is being asked for help in locating two men missing in west-central Wisconsin.

James B. Liedtka, a 28-year-old veteran, went missing this weekend in Eau Claire, according to information released by the Eau Claire Police Department.

Tony Cleasby, a 53-year-old resident of the Gilmanton area, also is missing, according to a post on the Buffalo County sheriff’s office’s Facebook page.

He was last seen at 5 p.m. Monday in the Mondovi area, according to a post shared by the sheriff’s office.

On Tuesday, Cleasby’s family requested law enforcement to do a welfare check for him, the sheriff’s office post reads.

Cleasby’s vehicle was found Wednesday near North Shore Drive and Hotchkiss Road in Eau Claire County’s town of Seymour.

A search of the area by law enforcement, including K-9, and fire personnel didn’t find Cleasby.

Anyone with information about Cleasby’s whereabouts is asked to call the Buffalo County sheriff’s office at 608-685-4433.

According to information released by the Eau Claire Police Department:

Liedtka, who lives in Eau Claire and attends UW-Stout, was last seen with friends leaving a Water Street tavern on Saturday night.

He was wearing a baseball cap, white button-up shirt with a red-and-black plaid stripe and jeans. Liedtka is 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 170 pounds and has dark hair and eyes.

Numerous attempts to reach him by phone have been unsuccessful, and Eau Claire police say his cellphone is inactive — either shut off or its battery has died.

GPS coordinates provided by the telephone company led police to the 1100 block of Menomonie Street near the Chippewa River. Local police and firefighters have been searching that area.

Tips on Liedtka’s whereabouts can be called in to the Eau Claire Police Department at 715-839-4972.

Liedtka served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, according to postings on social media made by friends and family helping with the search.