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Searchers gather downtown to look for missing UWL student



Dozens of volunteers joined local emergency workers in an afternoon-long search for a UW-La Crosse student, who has been missing almost a week.

More than 100 people gathered at Riverside Park at noon Saturday, to help with the effort to find Hamud Faal, who was last seen early on Feb. 20, walking southward in the area of Front and Jay Streets in La Crosse.

Hamud Faal

City and university police asked for 170 volunteers to search during the afternoon.

The search area was divided into 34 quadrants, with up to five assigned to each to look for clues, which could help lead to Faal.

A search team at Riverside Park gets instructions from UWL police on where to look for items connected to Hamud Faal

Searchers were asked to stay away from the river, for their own safety, and to check back in at the park when they were done.

Saturday’s search was scheduled to last until close to sunset.

Several residents of Sun Prairie, Faal’s hometown, traveled to La Crosse to help with the search. Madison area Assembly Rep. Samba Baldeh and La Crosse Rep. Jill Billings also joined the search groups.

If you have any information on Faal’s whereabouts please call the non-emergency police hotline at 608-782-7575, or if you would like to make an anonymous report, call the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 608-784-TIPS

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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