The search for a missing Winona state student is now
focusing on the Mississippi River.
Dive teams have been on the river since last Tuesday.
looking for 19-year-old Ben Oona-Gahla.
News 8's Sarah Thamer was with the search crews today
and joins us now in our newsroom with the latest.
According to the Winona County Sheriff's department.
Ben Oona-Gahla was last seen on a security camera
overlooking a universtiy boat on the Winona Levee.
The camera captured a brief moment of Oona-Gahla walking
down the side walk along the river around midnight
on Friday October seventh.
This secuirty camera allegedly captured Ben Oona-Gahla
where he was last seen before he went missing ten
But what happened beyond the camera's lens, remains
There was a boat tied up here and a gentleman was
sleeping on his boat, a large boat, he got awoken
when somebody came on board the boat.
Authorities believe the man who came on the boat,
may possibly fit Oona-Gahla's description.
He talked to the man, and he asked him to get off
of his boat and a while later then the boat owner
heard a splash.
They say this splash, may serve as a clue in this
That person could have been Ben, probably was Ben,
and may have fallen into the water.
Fifteen volunteer search members were on the water
Monday including Bruce's Legacy, a volunteer organization
providing search and recovery operations for drowned
They say their search has covered a hundred yards
away from shore but they say even with advanced technology,
they're facing a few challenges in the process.
The problem is with the body it could lodge with current
against the logs the rocks and things so then it's
very time consuming we have to just analyize all the
images we have you guys have got tremendous amount
But despite those challenges, authorities and search
memebers are determined.
We won't stop until we find him.
Now according to the Sheriff's department.
the boat owner found two spots of blood on his boat
the next morning.
but authories say they have no reason to believe foul
play was involved in this case at this time.
This past weekend, more than sixty volunteers were
out on the water searching for Oona-gahla.