Volunteer searchers gather at Sloopy's to plan their efforts to locate Shalim Augstine
Searchers comb the Black River for signs of the missing man.
La Crosse Dive Unit members search along the Black River
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Earlier on Friday, besides authorities, friends, family, and volunteers spent Friday searching for a sign of 23-year-old Shalim Augustine.
Many of those who searched were at a prayer vigil led by Father Patrick Augustine, Shalim's uncle, at the same time his nephew's body was recovered from the Black River.
About 30 people gathered at Sloopy's Alma Mater to map out a search for Augustine Friday morning.
“Everybody who knew him, liked him,” said Jeff Kulas, a friend of Shalim told WXOW.
Friends and family members say Augustine's disappearance is uncharacteristic. “We're not sure. It's a mystery that he came, left home about 4:30 pm, then came to Huck Finn's, then after that he disappeared,” said Father Patrick Augustine, Shalim's uncle.
“We're very distraught about this whole thing, and very confused as well. Just all the things that led up to this. It's just a broken puzzle with missing pieces,” said Kulas.
Shalim's family said he moved here from Pakistan ten years ago and became a naturalized citizen.
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