Assistant fire chief says hundreds of people are helping search for missing Columbia man
Multiple agencies were searching for a 71-year-old Columbia man Tuesday night after reportedly received some “bad news” from a doctor.
Authorities had been searching for Marvin Mueller since 10 a.m. Tuesday, Columbia Fire Captain Eric Woodcock said.
As the day went on, Woodcock said, at least 15 to 20 more agencies from the metro-east were assisting in the search and more than 100 volunteers from the area showed up to offer assistance.
Mueller was last seen in the 2100th block of Steppig Road in Columbia around 6:30 a.m. before he wandered off, a news release from the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency said.
He’d reportedly received some “bad news” from the doctor recently, Columbia Assistant Fire Chief Jim Broshears said. Authorities didn’t specify what that bad news was on Tuesday night.
Broshears said that the search would continue into the night and agencies planned on deploying night vision equipment. Search teams are looking around corn and wheat fields, wooded areas and waterways.
Anyone with information is asked to call St. Clair County EMA at 618-971-5409 or Monroe County Dispatch at 618-939-6464.