Stillwater, Minn. — Hundreds of people gathered on Christmas morning to take part in a search for 20-year-old George Musser, who was last seen at a bar in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area early Saturday morning,.
He was at Brian’s Bar in downtown Stillwater, the station says.
Ally McKay was one of the last people to see him.
“At approximately 1:30 a.m., he came up to the booth I was sitting in with my friends and he was talking to us,” said McKay. “And he told us he had to go to the bathroom and then he never returned.”
Musser’s keys and wallet were found near the bar. His car was still in the parking lot. He was wearing a black beanie, a grey button-up flannel and dark jeans. He didn’t have a jacket on despite frigid temperatures.
Musser is 5’8 and 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
“We looked for him at the bar’s closing, but Brian’s was persistent that everyone get out, so we left and we had to assume that he had found his way home,” said McKay.
“We haven’t had very much luck with some of the electronic surveillance stuff we’ve been looking at, whether it’s cameras, cell phone, stuff like that,” said Stillwater Chief of Police Brian Mueller. “So it’s a very difficult situation.”
“We’re preparing for the worst but hoping for the best — and that’s why we’re getting everyone in the community to start looking,” said Emily Dalbec, Musser’s cousin.
Family and friends searched on Saturday and that continued, in greater numbers, on Christmas Day.
“I’m a father and it’s heartwarming. I can’t imagine what the family is going through,” said Mueller. “I talked with the family since yesterday. It’s definitely a great community we live in — very fortunate. So I just hope we can find some closure for the Musser family.”
“We’re very fortunate to have all these people willing to be out on such cold temperatures on a holiday, looking for him,” said Dalbec.