UPDATE: Body of missing UW-River Falls student found
Day two of the search for 20-year-old Robert “Bobby” S. Sontag resulted in the discovery of his body on the Kinnickinnic River below the upper dam.
Sontag’s body was found around 1 p.m. Monday, May 4, a day after he had been reported missing and a search to find him had begun.
According to River Falls police, a wallet with a photo I.D. and other documentation was found on the body that helped identify Sontag.
An investigation into the circumstances of his death is ongoing.
River Falls police say Sontag, a UWRF student, was last seen in the area of the 400 block of South Main Street around 2 a.m. Friday.
He didn’t show up for college classes Friday and wasn’t seen or heard from since. His pickup truck wasn’t moved.
His disappearance was first reported to police Sunday at 3 p.m.
Sontag was last seen walking home from a bar with a friend. The two then went their separate ways.
Authorities believe alcohol was involved in Sontag’s disappearance.
Police and firefighters began searching for the young man later Sunday afternoon. Firefighters went out on Lake George in a boat to look.
Those efforts were interrupted by a thunderstorm but resumed before being called off because of darkness.
Monday morning they started again with help from Pierce County Sheriff deputies and the use of a quieter air boat.
Deputies in the boat peered into the waters of Lake George and the river, looking for a body. A sonar device was submerged as part of the search effort.
Other officers and firefighters were posted along the upper dam by the old power plant. A body below was finally spotted from a distance and a group descended the cliff to just below the dam.
Sontag was a junior majoring in dairy science at UWRF.UWRF has counseling services available to students, located in Hagestad Hall.