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    WI - Jared P. Dion, 21, La Crosse, April 2004

    The body of a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student who had been missing since Saturday was found Thursday in the Mississippi River, police said.

    Lt. Bob Berndt said authorities had confirmed that the body was that of Jared P. Dion, 21.

    The body was recovered about 7:50 a.m. by members of the La Crosse Area Dive & Rescue Team in the south end of the Riverside Park levy, Police Chief Edward Kondracki said.

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    Quote from the link=Several young men have been discovered drowned in the river in recent years after being missing from the downtown bar area.

    Could there be more to this? Maybe they need to put up a fence along the river near the bars!

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    here is an interesting article from the misfit.

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    While I did not personally know Jared, my son is part of a wrestling program that wrestled LaCrosse. I have seen him at many matches. He always seemed like a nice kid.

    For a more thorough discussion of the possible crime, go to themat.com. Click on message boards. Then, click college. There's a lot of info there.

    The LaCrosse Police need to conduct a more thorough investigation of these mysterious drownings. Five, now six, in seven years? His alcohol content was .27. He was waiting for the shuttle bus, disappeared, friends left on the bus w/o him. The river is a winding half mile away, through streets. Did someone offer him a ride home? Is a serial killer involved? Could a policeman be involved? Interesting case.

    Just one more comment. We seem to focus more on missing young women than missing young men.
    Last edited by Trino; 04-17-2004 at 09:13 AM.

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    I agree completely with you. When I first read about these young men a red flag went up. Something just wasn't right about the picture. Then they said
    there wasn't anything to indicate foul play, I thought why are they not investigating these cases more than they did. Maybe they are and do not want the public to be alarmed. Something just isn't right.

    My Oppinion

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    Here's a REALLY interesting link. It seems there have been more than just six over the past seven years!!


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    I wonder if the date rape drug would show up after the bodies had been in the water. Some of these young men were found very shortly after they went missing. Also I wonder if they were checked for anal trauma. Of these I wonder how many were gay and if anal trauma was present was it considered to be normal? I find it interesting that soooo many young men from the same general areas went missing. I sure hope someone from law enforcment is looking into these as possible homicides.

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    "There might be a slim chance there is a serial killer out there," La Crosse Mayor John Medinger said.

    The mayor says there's a slim chance, and there's to be no outside investigation? Ridiculous! This is an example of a whitewash if I've ever heard of one! Two of the drowning were on the same date, April 10 (1999 and 2004). How much of a coincidence is this?

    The university is going to conduct an aggressive alcohol abuse program. And in a few years things will be back to normal - unless, of course, there is a serial killer.

    There is another site that mentioned that the University of MN is on the same river. They haven't had 6 drownings in 7 years! Something is definitely amiss in LaCrosse.

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    Maybe my mind just wanders, but the first thought I had when I heard of his disappearance was that a man lured him away with promises of a ride, drugs, or sex and killed him. The boy was very drunk and quite young...probably wasn't making clear decisions...which is just what such a predator would be out looking for. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
    Just my opinion anyway... cheers!

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    Or, a predator may have just offered him a ride back to campus. My guess is that any kid would have taken up such an offer. I only hope the parents DEMAND a thorough investigation. Something just isn't right.

    This is a post from themat.com about another school, Old Dominion:

    "Old Dominion has THREE dorms directly adjacent to rivers in the Norfolk, Va. area. One of which, I've even made the point of jumping in during Hurricane Isabel. Not smart, I admit, but we've got three bars within legitimate "stumbling" distance from the dorms, and you must pass a small river or creek to get to your room.

    In the 7 years I've been at ODU, NO ONE has ever drowned stumbling from the bars or jumping off the piers by the sailing center (and there are currents in these Chesapeake Bay tributaries). I think the La-Crosse Police really need to realize that seven in on one campus is NOT a coincidence."

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    I know nothing about this case, but the first thing that came to my mind was initiation/pledge week to the various campus "fraternity houses," and how they can get out of hand. Leaving a totally intoxicated, pledgie out someplace alone, with instructions to find their way back to the house.....something of that nature.. Just a thought.

    And yes, it could be aserial killer, too.

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    I had not realized that all these persons were in the same area as Jared. Makes the serial killer theory even more likely.

    Erika Dalquist 21 Chris JenkiDalquist 21 Chris Jenkins 21 Michael Noll 22




    Four missing people -- just a tragic coincidence?

    In the two weeks after Halloween, three college men disappeared from Minneapolis, Collegeville, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Around the same time, a 21-year-old woman in Brainerd failed to show up for work, and has not been seen since. Despite constant media exposure and massive search efforts, all four are still missing, and authorities are still waiting for the one tip or stroke of luck that might yield some answers. If the cases are linked, a break in one might solve them all. But at this point it seems just as likely all four are only connected by a tragic coincidence.

    All four are still missing? Nothing?

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    The City of LaCrosse is holding a meeting at the high school to dispell everyone's theory/fears about a serial killer. I hope the townspeople start a riot.

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    THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!! This post is from wiwrestling.com forum. There has been discussion that females are given more publicity than males. Please read this!

    The only logical answer is that someone is doing this.
    Here is a list from BT's link..... we are supposed to believe all of these death's are just a coincidence?
    Charles Blatz
    28, a student at UW-Platteville
    MISSING: 9/22/97 La Crosse, WI
    FOUND: 10/3/97 Mississippi River
    Blood-alcohol content of 0.31
    Cause of death: Drowning

    "Chuck was a very strong swimmer, and he was physically fit and he was intelligent about the water. We just can't seem him doing anything stupid. We try to tell ourselves it was an accident, but the thought of foul play is still there."
    -- Barry Blatz

    Anthony Skifton
    MISSING: 10/10/97 La Crosse, WI
    FOUND: 10/20/97 Mississippi River
    Cause of Death: Drowning
    Blood-alcohol level was 0.23

    Ryan Getz
    MISSING: 10/31/97 East Lansing, MI
    FOUND: 4/18/98
    Cause of death: Drowning

    Nathan Kapfer
    MISSING: 2/22/98 La Crosse, WI
    FOUND: 4/4/98 Mississippi River
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Investigators ruled Kapfer's death a drowning, possibly a suicide.

    Jeff Geesey
    Student at UW-La Crosse
    MISSING: 4/13/99 La Crosse, WI
    FOUND: 5/24/99 Mississippi River
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Jeff Geesey vanished after a night of partying with friends. His father, Brian Geesey would later remark, "There are rumors circulating that there might be some kind of mad drowner in our midst."

    Brian Welzien
    Northern Illinois University student
    MISSING: 1/1/00 Chicago, IL
    FOUND: 3/17/00 Lake Michigan
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Brian Welzien was a 21-year-old student with a 3.8 grade-point average.

    Ken Christiansen
    Microbiology major from University of Minnesota
    MISSING: 4/13/01
    FOUND: 4/16/01
    Cause of death: Drowning

    Ken Christiansen had been drinking on a Thursday night and disappeared early Friday morning after leaving a rugby party. His body was found face down in Chester Creek.

    Eric Blair
    Delta College student from Bay City
    MISSING: 10/20/01 East Lansing, MI
    FOUND: 10/23/01 Red Cedar River
    Cause of death: Drowning

    Christopher Nordby
    Former University of Minnesota student
    MISSING: 11/7/01 Minneapolis, MN
    FOUND: 2/11/02 Mississippi River
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Albert Papandreou
    MISSING: 4/12/02
    FOUND: 4/23/02 Lake Michigan
    Cause of Death: Drowning
    Manner of Death: Undetermined

    Albert Papandreou, 32, went to Chicago on April 5, 2002 to visit family and friends. He was last seen leaving a Greyhound bus station. According to Chicago Police Dept. officials, Papandreou's body was found on the beach at 6:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of North Lake Shore Drive.

    Craig Burrows
    MISSING: 9/29/02 Eau Claire, WI
    FOUND: 10/6/02 Half Moon Lake
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Christopher Jenkins
    University of Minnesota student
    MISSING: 10/31/02 Minneapolis, MN
    FOUND: 2/27/03 Mississippi River
    Cause of Death: Apparent Drowning

    Michael Noll
    University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student
    MISSING: 11/6/02 Eau Claire
    FOUND: Half Moon Lake
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Last seen "highly intoxicated" by an elderly woman who said he mistakenly walked into her house near the Chippewa River.

    Joshua Guimond
    20-year-old from Maple Lake, Minn
    MISSING: 11/9/02
    We Still Have Hope!

    Chad Sharon
    University of Minnesota student
    MISSING: 12/12/02
    FOUND: St. Joseph River
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Brian Carrick
    Johnsburg, IL
    MISSING: 12/20/02

    Dec. 20: Brian Carrick was seen walking into the Johnsburg, Ill., grocery store where he worked. Some reports say the 17-year-old was seen on his way to a video store near his home. Carrick has not been seen since.

    Brian Carrick's mother, Terry Carrick, said in November 2003 that family members planned a memorial service for Brian at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg for December 20 -- the anniversary of his disappearance.

    Nathan Herr
    MISSING: 1/10/03 Sheboygan, WI
    FOUND: 3/15/03 Lake Michigan
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Jeremy Steinkeoway
    MISSING: 1/20/03
    FOUND: 4/10/03 St. Croix River
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Jeremy Michael Stienkeoway, 24, disappeared after checking in to The Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. A videotape showed him at the casino with an unidentified man. His car was found several days later parked at the St. Croix River near Grantsburg, WI.

    Stienkeoway's cell phone, wallet and other personal items were reportedly found inside the locked and undamaged car, and car keys were in his pocket when his body was found. There was no evidence of a struggle and no footprints near the vehicle. Jeremy Stienkeoway "apparently went for a drive after checking in at the casino and never came back," said Lakeville Detective Dave Watson, "There's no indication of foul play."

    Glen Leadley
    MISSING: 2/8/03 Chicago, IL
    FOUND: 2/23/03 Lake Michigan
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Matthew Schiess
    MISSING: 11/1/03 Lena, IL
    FOUND: 11/13/03 Pecatonica River
    Cause of Death: Drowning

    Jared Dion
    MISSING: 4/10/04
    FOUND: 4/15/04
    Cause of Death: Drowning

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    Beset with complaints about the police handling of a string of deaths in the Mississippi River, the La Crosse Police Department is planning a town hall meeting Thursday to address rumors that a serial killer is lurking on the shores and police aren't doing enough to catch him.

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