Family, friends start third day searching for missing UWM student

CREATED Jan. 2, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan. 3, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Family, friends and authorities are spending a third day canvassing the downtown Milwaukee area, searching and asking for help in finding missing UWM student Nick Wilcox.

They're handing out flyers, having downtown businesses post them and using social media in the hope that someone will discover him alive.

Wilcox was last seen early New Year's Day on Old World Third Street in Downtown Milwaukee, outside of the Irish Rec Room Bar.

"I just want my brother home," said Andrea Wilcox, Nick's brother, to TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

"My mom's a mess.  My dad, I don't know, he's quiet, but it's not easy," she said through heavy emotion.

He rang in the start of 2013 with his girlfriend Kelly McGonagil and other friends, and then between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m., he disappeared.

Employees reportedly kicked him out of the bar, and that was the last anyone had seen of him.

His family frantically spent New Year's Day trying to find him.

According to an e-mail from a friend, the bar manager said that Nick left with another man in a red shirt.

They could not identify that other man, though Kelly believes it's her friend's boyfriend.

Family and friends went through two rounds of searches for him Wednesday morning.  They spent time handing out flyers while checking out the Milwaukee Riverwalk.

"We're going to walk in faith and see what happens, (taking it) hour by hour," explained Jerry Broitzman, Nick's cousin.

"I really thought he'd find his way home, or find his way to a friend's house or somewhere," explained Nick Vetta, a friend.

Wilcox is described as 6' 2", 180 lbs, with blonde hair with blue eyes.

He was wearing a dark gray shirt with dark jeans and black shoes.

His father, who is also named Nick, said, "He's a good kid...I don't know..he's just a good kid."

Milwaukee Police ask you to call them at 414-935-7403 if you have information on his case.