La Crosse Police continue search for missing man

Empty vehicle found early Wednesday

La Crosse Police continue the search...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - UPDATE (THU. 3:30 P.M.): The LCFD and La Crosse County Dive Rescue continued the search of Swift Creek Thursday, but did not locate the driver of a car that went into the water early Wednesday morning.

 La Crosse Police are also assisting in the on-going search for 22-year-old Justin McElwain.

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La Crosse Police need your help locating the driver of a vehicle that ended up in Swift Creek early Wednesday morning.

Police, along with the La Crosse Fire Department and La Crosse Co. Dive Rescue team spent most of the day Wednesday searching the creek and the shoreline for 22-year-old Justin McElwain.

Investigators have also done a number of follow-ups to try to locate McElwain, but have been unsuccessful.

McElwain is around 5'8", 160 lbs, brown hair, and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt with a Panda on the front, a black jacket, jeans with maroon colored high top shoes.

If you've seen McElwain or have information about his location, you're asked to call La Crosse Police at (608) 785-5962.


An empty vehicle was found mostly submerged in Swift Creek in La Crosse early Wednesday morning.

The call about the discovery near Houska Park came in just before 2 a.m.

Divers with the La Crosse Dive Unit and the La Crosse Fire Department searched the water, but didn't find anything. 

Friends of the operator of the vehicle had called the police.  They indicated they were following their friend who was driving the vehicle that was now in Swift Creek and that there was no one else in the vehicle.  While following their friend they became separated due to a traffic light and then were unable to locate the individual again.

Police say they're looking for the person, or people, who might have been inside the vehicle went it went down the bank and into the water.

La Crosse Fire Department dive rescue personnel will be returning today to continue their search.

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