MN MN - Bryce Borca, 23, college student, seen @ 2 AM, search focused near Minnesota River, Eagan, 30 Oct 2022

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turning R to locate the 77 Cedar Bridge crossing, which isn't obvious, especially in the dark.
None of where he was should've been obvious in the dark! (But he still made it to the ponds.)
By that time he would be in "civilization" - up the hill trail to rather busy Old Shakopee Rd.
He was near civilization on Yankee Doodle Road to start with. Maybe civilization wasn't what he wanted?
Still, I think 2+ miles is too far for him to have walked.
I'm not so sure. He was making good progress for someone who was allegedly so drunk he didn't know where he was! I think 2+ miles was definitely manageable....

That was just some of my thoughts.

I appreciate your local knowledge and input on the 2 bridges. This case really is a strange one.
 

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None of where he was should've been obvious in the dark! (But he still made it to the ponds.)

He was near civilization on Yankee Doodle Road to start with. Maybe civilization wasn't what he wanted?

I'm not so sure. He was making good progress for someone who was allegedly so drunk he didn't know where he was! I think 2+ miles was definitely manageable....

That was just some of my thoughts.

I appreciate your local knowledge and input on the 2 bridges. This case really is a strange one.
Finding the 77 Cedar crossing in his intoxicated state would have been a challenge. I have many, many times crossed the 77 Cedar Bridge. Access from the south is rather hidden as it is completely across a large parking area, facing east away from the parking area. He could have gotten lost just crossing the parking lot!

I-77 is an interstate highway across the Cedar Bridge. There is no access to reach the top of the bridge from below, and you don't walk an interstate highway. There are no houses, businesses around the interstate here. When you cross the 77 Cedar Bridge trail from the parking lot off Nichols Rd, you are never on the top of the bridge. You are on a trail on the bridge side. Cars are above you, and there is no access to them or the top of the bridge. When you drive across the 77 Cedar Bridge, you don't even see the trail.

Let me further explain there's no place to jump off the 77 Cedar Bridge. The 77 Cedar Bridge trail is not straight, has 4 turns, is mostly caged. From the south trail you are immediately enclosed by 6 ft walls, go through a turn, continue up, go through another turn, and up, and NOW you are about to cross the river IN A CAGE and high walls where you cannot even see the river. At the top of the trail there is a small sort of peek area. Then you start down among more cages and high walls, do a turn, go down again to another turn and off to the trail on the north side.

The Old Cedar Bridge is low to the water, tourist haven. Ducks.

The ponds are maybe 50 yds behind the Hwy 13 businesses. Very close. He would have stumbled/fell into them if he was as intoxicated as the Lyft driver indicated. It's not like they are highly visible, and it was dark.
 
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I was wondering if he went over the 2 bridges across the river to the Bloomington area.
I don't know if they're potential suicide spots, but I suppose they could be.
THINK CAGED. CAGED.
The bridges are not normal bridges. I-77 is an interstate highway over the Minnesota River. There is absolutely no way to access this bridge except walk the interstate. This is Minnesota. If we see someone on an interstate, we dial 911 immediately. The bridge is not near any housing or businesses. It's in the middle of a nationally protected area. To access it from below, you would probably need crampons or ropes and face arrest. Clear, parking area under it, plus boat launch.

There is a trail that crosses the bridge. You cannot even see it from the interstate. IT IS CAGED. You are walking, cycling inside a cage. Impossible to crawl out of the cage and jump. The trail is NOT atop the bridge. It is on the side. On the trail you cannot even see traffic. And, if you drive over the bridge, you cannot see the trail.

The other bridge, the Old Cedar Bridge, is flat, right next to the water. It is a re-built tourist attraction. You can see the bottom clearly unless it's flooded. On most days if you jumped from this bridge, you might get your lower body wet. It's only a pedestrian, bicycle crossing. No cars.
 

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Thinking deeper about this case since I'm fairly local. Is it not odd that the parents have not been visible or in the media about their missing son? Is it also not odd that Eagan LE has given no updates, no info about Bryce and have rejected help with searches? I have done online research for friends, relatives, have a ton of free and paying websites, and I'm pretty good at it. I have found nothing about him or his parents online. Nothing. Even more, no one seems to be able to contact his parents. I'm usually not a conspiracy theorist, but is there something that we don't know? I don't doubt he disappeared about where LE thinks he did, but is there more to this? The silence is deafening.
 
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Thinking deeper about this case since I'm fairly local. Is it not odd that the parents have not been visible or in the media about their missing son? Is it also not odd that Eagan LE has given no updates, no info about Bryce and have rejected help with searches? I have done online research for friends, relatives, have a ton of free and paying websites, and I'm pretty good at it. I have found nothing about him or his parents online. Nothing. Even more, no one seems to be able to contact his parents. I'm usually not a conspiracy theorist, but is there something that we don't know? I don't doubt he disappeared about where LE thinks he did, but is there more to this? The silence is deafening.
I have thought and said those same things on here numerous times. Everything is odd. Something is being hidden. Haven’t been able to find anything about this anywhere after the first week. Silence since…LE, family, friends, FB, news. I have Rosemount friends who see nothing on Facebook, even from family or friends who would know the family. No rumors or leaks from anyone. Nothing about the family. How is that possible? Especially with social media today?
I don’t think we even care what happened at this point, but just want an update on his search. But I doubt the public will hear anything going forward. This case is just going to slow to nothing and be forgotten about, when there is nothing keeping it going. JMO
I hope I am proven wrong.
 

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I have thought and said those same things on here numerous times. Everything is odd. Something is being hidden. Haven’t been able to find anything about this anywhere after the first week. Silence since…LE, family, friends, FB, news. I have Rosemount friends who see nothing on Facebook, even from family or friends who would know the family. No rumors or leaks from anyone. Nothing about the family. How is that possible? Especially with social media today?
I don’t think we even care what happened at this point, but just want an update on his search. But I doubt the public will hear anything going forward. This case is just going to slow to nothing and be forgotten about, when there is nothing keeping it going. JMO
I hope I am proven wrong.
This IMO just isn't normal behavior. My children are grown, but if they were missing, I would still go to no end, no expense to find them. I would nail missing photos to every intersection, contact the media and give interviews, hire private search companies. None of this is happening. LE is silent.

I'm definitely beginning to think outside the box. I agree he was alone when he disappeared. I don't think his friends were involved. From there it gets mysterious. Doesn't seem there's screaming to find him. How can this be?
 

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This IMO just isn't normal behavior. My children are grown, but if they were missing, I would still go to no end, no expense to find them. I would nail missing photos to every intersection, contact the media and give interviews, hire private search companies. None of this is happening. LE is silent.

I'm definitely beginning to think outside the box. I agree he was alone when he disappeared. I don't think his friends were involved. From there it gets mysterious. Doesn't seem there's screaming to find him. How can this be?
Like someone else on here said, they probably know where he is and what happened. And maybe just waiting for his remains to be found. But why not give an update something to that effect. So the rest of us aren’t out looking for him and worried. Like I said before, we are all invested and hurt for this family too.
 

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just checking in and see there is nothing new, but I live very close to this (not in the defined search area but within a mile of it — and I have learned more here on WS than in my own town. It’s surreal to see I know some of you from other cases in other states and yet I live here and know nothing. I should have gone searching, but I didn’t at first and it doesn’t seem searchers are wanted. Still, maybe I’ll bring the dogs over that way for a walk.
I do not suspect there is anything highly secret or bizarre going on here. It seems like he should have been found, but I believe he will be found and in that area. Hope for a miracle for the family. Such a beautiful young man.
 

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It reminds me of the Jessica Jo Marshik case; presumed dead but no body, and private grief.

Jodi Boeckermann is another Minnesota missing persons case where there were several news articles on the same day about her disappearance, and nothing since.

Braeden Gessell-Gullickson, 16, appears to be missing from Detroit Lakes since 31 October, but no info on Becker County Sheriff’s site or FB.

How does this lack of official communication benefit anyone, especially the missing person and their loved ones?

Sorry to derail Bryce’s thread, but it seems of a piece.
 

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just checking in and see there is nothing new, but I live very close to this (not in the defined search area but within a mile of it — and I have learned more here on WS than in my own town. It’s surreal to see I know some of you from other cases in other states and yet I live here and know nothing. I should have gone searching, but I didn’t at first and it doesn’t seem searchers are wanted. Still, maybe I’ll bring the dogs over that way for a walk.
I do not suspect there is anything highly secret or bizarre going on here. It seems like he should have been found, but I believe he will be found and in that area. Hope for a miracle for the family. Such a beautiful young man.

In many types of cases, families choose to grieve quietly. This is a normal reaction that should be respected.
Originally, this was not grieving because hopes were he would be found. No information after the first day really. There is now a rumor - complete rumor - the family is not happy with LE because he has not been found. While I'm sure LE has not abandoned the search completely, they can only do so much. There are other things/crimes to deal with.
 

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Originally, this was not grieving because hopes were he would be found. No information after the first day really. There is now a rumor - complete rumor - the family is not happy with LE because he has not been found. While I'm sure LE has not abandoned the search completely, they can only do so much. There are other things/crimes to deal with.
If that is not a rumor, I wouldn’t blame them for not being happy. No closure. I am devastated for the family and didn’t even know him. Yet for weeks, so many random people from the community have offered their help to search the area and to dive the ponds, and there has not been a single response or update. We could have been helping to look all this time:(
 
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The family could have hired a PI that is helping them.
Chris Jenkins (thread on here) went missing Oct 31, 2002 and family hired a PI less than a week after missing because of LE not taking it seriously. It seems like a good option if you can afford it.
 

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Originally, this was not grieving because hopes were he would be found. No information after the first day really. There is now a rumor - complete rumor - the family is not happy with LE because he has not been found. While I'm sure LE has not abandoned the search completely, they can only do so much. There are other things/crimes to deal with.
it would make sense to be unhappy that he hasn’t been found, not saying anyone is to blame but just in general i’m sure they’re going through the worst imaginable scenario. but i wonder why the family doesn’t appeal to the public for help if bryce hasn’t been found. they could certainly do this on their own without mentioning how they feel about the investigation. clearly people care and want to help. it’s a real mystery why there was so much press about this for the first week and then nothing
 
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I ran into SAR on Sunday around 1:30pm where Meadow View Rd and Alexander meet. Still no sign of him. I also had a chance to walk that area last Thursday afternoon. I walked the RR tracks from Comanche Rd, around the small ponds at the end of that road (you can see most of the ponds on Google maps if you look in Satellite mode), and then walked North towards that holding ponds LE thinks he may be. There were SAR and dogs down there Thursday too. Just south of the LE shooting range, I can see a tent way out in the distance, closer to the river than the tracks. If you're local and walking on the tracks, the tent is in between two signs that read 1/4 & 1/2. The tent is light colored. I didn't check it out alone. I took lots of pics to also help people understand how thick and difficult this terrain is.

I also met another local neighbor down there with his two dogs. Nice guy. We chatted for a bit about the case. He said he lives off Letendre and his neighbor was the one that had the video of Bryce walking through the yard alone. Not sure the cross street.

I can't remember exactly which day, but on Friday or Saturday there was an airboat in that area for the majority of the day. You probably heard it if you live in the area.
 

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I ran into SAR on Sunday around 1:30pm where Meadow View Rd and Alexander meet. Still no sign of him. I also had a chance to walk that area last Thursday afternoon. I walked the RR tracks from Comanche Rd, around the small ponds at the end of that road (you can see most of the ponds on Google maps if you look in Satellite mode), and then walked North towards that holding ponds LE thinks he may be. There were SAR and dogs down there Thursday too. Just south of the LE shooting range, I can see a tent way out in the distance, closer to the river than the tracks. If you're local and walking on the tracks, the tent is in between two signs that read 1/4 & 1/2. The tent is light colored. I didn't check it out alone. I took lots of pics to also help people understand how thick and difficult this terrain is.

I also met another local neighbor down there with his two dogs. Nice guy. We chatted for a bit about the case. He said he lives off Letendre and his neighbor was the one that had the video of Bryce walking through the yard alone. Not sure the cross street.

I can't remember exactly which day, but on Friday or Saturday there was an airboat in that area for the majority of the day. You probably heard it if you live in the area.
That really concerns me that they have so much activity all over that area still…SAR, K9s, tent, airboats. Makes me think that LE no longer thinks he is in the ponds or river as once speculated, and really has no clue where he might be. And how do we know he is even in that search area or made his way much farther or out to a road? ☹️
 
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That really concerns me that they have so much activity all over that area still…SAR, K9s, tent, airboats. Makes me think that LE no longer thinks he is in the ponds or river as once speculated, and really has no clue where he might be. And how do we know he is even in that search area or made his way much farther or out to a road? ☹️

Sorry to be confusing. The tent is not LE related. It looks like a squatter tent, based on its location, but I can't get close enough to confirm. It may not even be related. I just noticed it and thought it was a little odd.
 

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Sorry to be confusing. The tent is not LE related. It looks like a squatter tent, based on its location, but I can't get close enough to confirm. It may not even be related. I just noticed it and thought it was a little odd.
Got it. Someone on here did mention a homeless tent a while back.
And it’s definitely not easy or fun to walk back there. I went in about 50 feet and was full of prickers and burrs and almost tripped how many times in daylight, sober and taking my time.
 
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Got it. Someone on here did mention a homeless tent a while back.
And it’s definitely not easy or fun to walk back there. I went in about 50 feet and was full of prickers and burrs and almost tripped how many times in daylight, sober and taking my time.
Sounds like I had a bit more luck getting around back there, but it is still not easy. Especially with the added snow coverage. Burrs and pricklies were inevitable. The brush is waist high or taller in most areas back there.
 

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Sounds like I had a bit more luck getting around back there, but it is still not easy. Especially with the added snow coverage. Burrs and pricklies were inevitable. The brush is waist high or taller in most areas back there.
I just can’t see anyone purposely trying to go back there and get through that, in the dark, with no phone….even intoxicated. He knew he was lost in a wooded area next to Yankee/13. It just doesn’t make much sense IMO.
 
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