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La Crosse student missing after night of drinking

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LA CROSSE (AP) -- A La Crosse college student is missing, and authorities are considering whether to search the Mississippi River after footprints were found on the ice.

Twenty-one-year-old Craig J. Meyers of Western Technical College was last seen Sunday at 2 a.m. Police say Meyers spent Saturday night at a wedding reception and drinking at two bars.

Police Capt. Rob Abraham says a set of footprints leads out onto the river. He says authorities will have to discuss whether to conduct a river search, since the effort would be dangerous.

The search evokes painful memories for a city that has struggled with alcohol-related drownings. Eight drunken college-age men drowned in area rivers between 1997 and 2006. The FBI found no evidence of foul play.

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