A Wisconsin family is searching the Dubuque area for their missing son. Twenty-four-year-old Matthew Kruziki disappeared early Christmas Eve morning in East Dubuque. East Dubuque Police saw Kruziki at about one o’clock in the morning last Saturday standing outside a bar. Cops say he was drunk and acting strange and they told him to go to his hotel. Bill Kruziki says his son left his wallet and coat inside the bar, and the father is puzzled by the behavior of his son’s drinking companion.
Bill Kruziki says he doesn’t understand why that friend stayed in the bar when his son had been kicked out rather than giving Matt his wallet and jacket and telling him he’d meet him back at the hotel. Bill Kruziki fears his son may have had a mental meltdown Friday night because one of Matt’s close friends died recently and Matt has a history of anxiety problems. “As far as I am concerned it’s one of two things: either he didn’t make it and he’s in peril or he’s dead, or he hooked up with somebody,” Kruziki says.
Kruziki is carrying his cell phone as he searches the Dubuque area, hoping to hear from his son. “One phone call is all we ask, to let us know that he is okay,” Kruziki says. East Dubuque Police searched the area looking for the missing man, but have found nothing. Investigators have also interviewed the friend Kruziki was with when he went missing. The two men were only passing through the Dubuque area on their way to Des Moines to pick up a car and then they were to head back to Wisconsin to celebrate Christmas.