MADISON - The search continues for a Fox Valley man who disappeared in Madison.
Police say 26-year-old Charlie Geurts of Kaukauna was last seen at about 2:20 Wednesday morning, leaving his hotel near Lake Monona.
"At this point we are really concerned for his welfare," said Joel Despain with the Madison Police Department. "There is no evidence of a crime, but we think he may have walked off into the elements."
Geurts was in Madison with a group of co-workers for an agriculture conference. Authorities say the group was out drinking Tuesday night.
"He was staying in a room with another coworker and that coworker is aware that Mr. Geurts did come into the room sometime early Wednesday morning but when that coworker awakened he could see that not only was Mr. Geurts not there, it appeared that Mr. Geurts had never slept in the bed," said Despain.
Hotel surveillance video shows Geurts walking out of the hotel early Wednesday morning.
"Obviously all his coworkers are kind of distraught. They wish they could help with the situation but there's really nothing they can do," said Steve Zutz, the CEO of Agri-Partners Co-op.
Geurts is an agronomist for Agri-Partners Co-op. He consults with farmers on their crop production.
"Everybody is doing their job today, but they got Charlie in the back of their minds," said Zutz.
"We're trying to stay optimistic and hope there is something that transpired where he is somewhere and he is safe and we just don't know where he is," said Despain. "But certainly the possibility exists that, did he get out onto the lake and was there thin ice or no ice."
Police have asked residents in the area to look inside garages and sheds incase Geurts might have wandered inside somewhere.
The search is expected to resume tomorrow.
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