Milwaukee police search for 28-year-old missing man

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are investigating the disappearance of a 28-year-old Milwaukee man who was last seen on Water Street Saturday.

Thomas Hecht, 28, was reported missing to Milwaukee police at 11:20 p.m. Sunday by family members. Hecht was last seen at Rosie's Bar, 1111 N. Water St. at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt with a St. Patrick's Day inscription on the front and green party beads around his neck.

Hecht's family tells police it is uncharacteristic for him to be gone for this amount of time without contacting his family. Milwaukee police are actively engaged in a search for him.

If you have information about Hecht's whereabouts, you're urged to call Milwaukee police at 414-935-7401.

On Monday, March 12th, Milwaukee police officers walked in and out of bars on Water Street, looking for information. Hecht's friends and family did the same. All are desperately searching for any answers or clues that could lead them to Hecht.

During a time of intense worry, Hecht's family says searching is a way to stay positive and focused. "It's when your mind wanders and you think of possibilities that it's difficult," Hecht's father, Robert said.

Robert Hecht says his son was with friends Saturday, participating in the "Shamrock Shindig" pub crawl. It's an event described as a massive pub crawl involving 15 taverns and thousands of people. The owner of Rosie's, where Hecht was last seen, says he's in the process of working with police to review surveillance video from Saturday.

The association that organized Saturday's pub crawl says they work with police and private security to ensure safety.

Hecht's family put up missing signs Monday, and walked several blocks, beginning with the Water Street bars he may have gone into, and ending at his condo near Commerce and Humboldt.