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Search continues for missing UW-Eau Claire student

Eau Claire (WQOW)- In the Chippewa River, a search picked up again today.  A UW-Eau Claire student has been missing since he fell into the river Friday night.  The university says it believes David Rodgers did not survive.

Monday Eau Claire firefighters put two boats in the water, and the Black River Falls Fire Department brought up a boat equipped with side-scan sonar.  The campus police chief says they've ruled out foul-play or horseplay involving other people.

"According to the witnesses who were in the area, he was a male subject on the railing area of the footbridge and then at one point, left the immediate vicinity and went into the water," explains chief of UW-Eau Claire police, David Sprick.

The chief says before he disappeared, he was hanging out in his dorm room with friends

"Certainly he had a good number of friends and was well liked by his friends and there is a lot of community support on campus and as well as from the hometown"

The police chief says more than one hundred people from Rodgers' hometown in Minnesota have offered to help with the search if river conditions improve. Today's search was called off late this afternoon because of the weather. The fire chief says they will likely search again tomorrow.

David's family has released a statement saying:

"As we mourn the loss of our son, we take comfort in knowing the last years of his life were spent in a place that he enjoyed."

The faculty, administration and students at UW-Eau Claire were extremely kind to David and helpful in his development.  David was a sophomore math education major.

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