Missing man found after downtown search

2013-03-04T10:30:00Z 2013-03-04T12:11:08Z Missing man found after downtown searchBy ANNE JUNGEN | ajungen@lacrossetribune.com La Crosse Tribune

La Crosse police searched the city’s downtown for hours early Saturday for a missing drunken man before he showed up safe at Third and Pearl streets.

Anthony Willison’s girlfriend reported him missing after he left Bronco’s bar on Third Street about 2 a.m. to vomit and did not return, according to reports.

He told her via cellphone that he was in the Market Square parking ramp but she could not find Willison, 28, after searching all of the downtown ramps.

Officers searched for Willison, of Onalaska, with the help of dispatchers, who said his cell phone indicated he was near 200 S. Third St., reports state.

Willison turned up about 7:15 a.m. and told officers he was too drunk to remember most of Friday evening and Saturday morning.

He said he spent early Saturday in a heated part of the Grand River Station until he woke and walked to Third and Pearl streets, according to reports.

He had a 0.05 percent alcohol level.

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  1. Monteee
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    Monteee - March 04, 2013 6:52 pm
    A thousand cheers for the La Crosse Tribune for publishing every story about a drinking death or near-death. Very few stories are more important than that of the chronic and deadly abuse of alcohol in the La Crosse area. Every death or near-death should be on the front page for all to see.

    Good job, Anne. Just ignore the nincompoops who can't handle such important reporting.
  2. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - March 04, 2013 5:21 pm
    After the tragic death of a drunk young lady you think we should "hide' the story of yet another youngster who almost followed the same path? Kids should hear every story like this.
  3. MidwestAtheist
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    MidwestAtheist - March 04, 2013 4:20 pm
    Bravo Anne, for reporting on this. Yes, I really wish I didn't have to hear about this all the time, just weeks after a college girl ended her life by making poor choices and drinking herself to death- but that is the society we find ourselves in. Where getting "blitzed", "Wasted", "S-Faced", etc is proclaimed with pride instead of with shame as it should be.

    We the taxpayers had to pay to find this irresponsible A-hole, and his girlfriend, who at 28 should really know better. If you are being so irresponsible with your drinking that people's first thought when you are missing for a couple of hours is that you are laying in a gutter freezing to death, that should really be an indictment on the quality of your moral character.

    Time to Grow up, La Crosse.
  4. dickey roberts
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    dickey roberts - March 04, 2013 4:15 pm
    It is nice to know people like Mr. Russel are willing and waiting to pay for this extra police work..
  5. CaptainCrunch
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    CaptainCrunch - March 04, 2013 3:51 pm
    Umm... Wouldn't that make the bar high class if they don't want you to vomit in it and the preferred action is to do it on the street? ...
  6. Clara Fying
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    Clara Fying - March 04, 2013 1:58 pm
    Binge drinking is a real story in La Crosse -- constantly. Too many people, including you, baywatch242022, don't recognize that La Crosse's binge drinking is a serious problem unless somebody dies, and then they want to blame it on something or somebody else, I'm glad the Tribune covers stories like this even though this man got lucky and didn't walk down to the river and drown or freeze to death somewhere out of sight -- this time. Maybe covering even this tiny bit of the real danger of binge drinking and the problems it caused for other people will cause somebody to think and the Tribune will have one less real story of another death to cover. Thank you for not ignoring La Crosse's real problem of binge drinking, Anne Jungen.
  7. David Lee
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    David Lee - March 04, 2013 1:03 pm
    Better all over the stalls in the saloon than on the city streets don't you think?
  8. Tim Russell
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    Tim Russell - March 04, 2013 12:30 pm
    Charge him for what? He didn't call for the search.
  9. RINO Cowboy
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    RINO Cowboy - March 04, 2013 11:02 am
    Quality protoplasm
  10. Seriously Now
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    Seriously Now - March 04, 2013 10:59 am
    You wanted him to vomit on the bar floor, or all over some stall?
  11. Monteee
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    Monteee - March 04, 2013 10:55 am
    He was very lucky. He found someplace warm enough to stay alive. Had he not, he would have been another Neala Frye.
  12. David Lee
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    David Lee - March 04, 2013 10:45 am
    Had to go outside to vomit? If the bar is so low class you have to go outside to vomit, it should be closed for the betterment of the city. They should bill him full cost of the search as well.
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