MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Emergency personnel say a coroner’s office has identified a body removed from the Wisconsin River as a college student who went missing over the weekend.

Stevens Point Sgt. Dan Wheeler says officials removed the body of 21-year-old Eric Duffey Monday afternoon. The coroner’s office made a positive identification after meeting with Duffey’s family.

Police had been searching for Duffey in the river.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student disappeared after he left a downtown bar early Saturday morning. He was celebrating his 21st birthday and police do not suspect foul play.

Police had already stopped 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.

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Comments (11)
  1. I know best says:

    that’s sad, since foul play isn’t suspected I’m sure we all know what happened, damn man where were your buddies at? From my time in the Army they taught all of us to always travel with “a battle buddy” that way someone always has your back, sad news to hear, my thoughts with the family

  2. Rufus Larkin says:

    Wasn’t there some serial killer suggested a few months ago about all these college kids around the USA going down in rivers after being at bars?

  3. taxpayer says:

    its called the smiley face killer, research it, its really interesting if there is indeed a cover up and just how big it is…valid points for both views. one thing for sure it is kinda interesting to research and read about…

  4. Conspiracy Theory says:

    Smiley Face Killer(s) focusing in on Wisconsin? That assistant Packers coaches son recently drown in Oshkosh. Now Stevens Point not too far away. Over 100 male college students have died throughout the U.S. in a similar fashion since the 1990’s.

    1. Shelly says:

      It’s time the police realize that there is someone killing these young men. There never used to be hardly any drownings like this, and suddenly you hear about them all the time – sometimes several in a year. And why are they all in the same areas? There are river towns with colleges throughout the south and the west. Why none there? I know that young women keep together more, but there would still be cases of drownings or near drownings among them, considering how many young men have died. Either there is a serial killer, or group of killers, or we are drowning in coincidence.

  5. vander says:

    As soon as I saw this I thought check the nearest river… gads this is scary… too many end up in the river to not make a connection… Put a decoy out a few times… in the right place… acting very drunk… see who approaches him.

  6. lol says:

    Yea, I think we have some sicko out there preying on these young kids. Always a college town, with a river, with wasted kids out having a good time. I agree with the battle buddie to have your back-Boys you must travel at least 2 in a group after bar close, If you lose one from your group go find him, don’t assume he’s OK and we’ll touch base in the morning. Maybe this has not been a problem with the girls because they party in groups and don’t leave without everyone being accounted for.

  7. Jodi says:

    it makes me think about Josh Grummond , I may have the spelling of his last name wrong , but — he dissapeered on St John’s Univesity campus several years ago, Never a trace of him found., It is strange, and even worse when they don’t find the person at all , I empathize with the familys. .

  8. Tyler the Bro says:

    Why are my comments not showing up?

  9. Tyler the Bro says:

    The Smiley Face killer AKA too many Natty Lites

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