Search for missing Onalaska man postponed

Ice chunks in Mississippi River damage search equipment

No more boats will be searching the Mississippi River for the missing Onalaska man until spring.

Joshua Hli Xiong, 27, has been missing since early November.

The Winona County Sheriff says large chunks of ice on the water damaged some equipment during a search on Sunday and have created unsafe conditions for crews to keep looking.

An aerial search from a volunteer helicopter pilot and shore searches will continue periodically.

Last month the sheriff found Xiong’s damaged boat and life jacket in the water near lock and dam number seven, and his truck was parked at a nearby boat landing. The sheriff believes there was an accident, but isn’t able to confirm anything at this time.