25-year-old Jefferson City man went missing in subzero temps in Siberia

1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, March 30 2016 Mar 30, 2016 Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:46:00 PM CDT March 30, 2016 in News
By: Matt Johnson, KOMU 8 Content Manager and Madeline Odle, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A 25-year-old man believed to be from Jefferson City was reported missing Wednesday in southern Siberia. Authorities in Russia have been searching for Colin Madsen since Sunday.

NBC News reports Madsen went missing with only a T-shirt in subzero temperatures and that bad weather in the area initially prevented authorities from searching via air or with police dogs. Temperatures Wednesday were above freezing. 

The Siberian Times newspaper reported Madsen was from Jefferson City and studying at Irkutsk State Linguistic University in Siberia. 

A friend of Madsen in Siberia, Lucas Fagre, was with him the day he disappeared. Fagre said he, Madsen and two of their Russian friends were on a trip to Arshan, a tourist destination, to hike a mountain known as "the peak of love." 

Fagre said Madsen went for a walk around 3 a.m. Sunday, which he often did, but this time he did not return.

"On the one hand, it seems kind of like him, for him to just leave like that, but I dont know, just a lot of things are off," Fagre said. 

Madsen's stepdad, Michael Calcutt, told KOMU 8 News via email that Madsen's parents were in Russian consulates Wednesday trying to get emergency visas to reach the area where Madsen went missing by Wednesday night. The email from Calcutt said the family had been receiving a lot of support from friends.

"Colin is such a compassionate young man," he said, "and we have been touched by the messages of support and encouragement from friends around the world."  

Madsen's friends at school in Siberia have been in contact with his mom. Fagre said getting there has been a very difficult process for her.

"Right now I cant imagine what she's going through, just having to deal with a whole bunch of bureaucratic red tape while having no idea what happened to him," Fagre said. "That's really tough."

The associate director of PR at Columbia College, Sam Fleury, said Madsen was a student at the college.

The assistant principal at Helias Catholic High School, Sr. Jean Dietrich, confirmed Madsen attended Helias from August 2005 to May 2007, when he transferred to Jefferson City High School. 

Jefferson City Public School's Amy Berendzen said they did not have any additional information about Madsen, but wrote in an email to KOMU:

"Although Colin's experience with JCPS was brief...once a Jaybird, always a Jaybird. The JCPS family will remain positive and hopeful as we pray for Colin's safe return."

A GoFundMe page confirmed to be set up by friends is raising money for the family to help offset the cost of traveling to Russia to help search for Madsen.

The post continued, "This is a very hard time for his family and friends. Anything helps."

Fagre said the whole situation has been difficult on everyone in Madsen's life, but they are staying hopeful. 

"On the one hand you kind of want to prepare for the worst, and when you're searching in the woods in Siberia, you're not looking for an optimistic outcome," he said. "But at the same time, since it's up in the air, everybody still has hope."

(Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information from multiple sources.)

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Gov. Eric Greitens' surprising decision Tuesday to stay the execution of Marcellus Williams put a spotlight on executions... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:26:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - In an era in which brick and mortar retail stores are falling by the wayside, Columbia's I-70 Business... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:22:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is holding a question-and-answer session on Facebook. The governor will... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:17:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The Missouri Poison Center said snake bites are up this year compared to last. From January to June... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:10:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A dozen protestors dropped off a petition with 200,000 signatures to Gov. Eric Greitens' office Tuesday urging... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:00:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Lt. Gov. Mike Parson called on the Missouri Senate to go into a special session with the... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:04:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The District Downtown Columbia had decided to give people the chance to remember the total eclipse forever. Anyone... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 5:02:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – School is back in session for Columbia students, but some school districts across the country are struggling with... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:57:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Commission issued abatements for three Boone County properties Tuesday. One property is located on... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 3:55:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - As part of Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes’ proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, paratransit rides will... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 3:43:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler visited the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital Tuesday to talk to local veterans.... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 3:13:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A national organization doesn't want people to trash their special glasses from Monday's eclipse. Astronomers Without Borders... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 2:29:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a social media remark hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 2:26:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The family of a 15-year-old who was incarcerated for three weeks despite dash cam video proving... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 1:27:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Vice President of Human Resources for the UM System, Jill Pollock, has resigned, according to the University... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:56:00 PM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
THEODOSIA (AP) — The Latest on a girl whose burned remains were found in rural Missouri (all times local): ... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:08:00 AM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on Missouri's planned execution of inmate Marcellus Williams (all times local): 5:45 p.m.... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:30:00 AM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA — Thousands of people traveled to Columbia and the surrounding cities to view a once in a lifetime event,... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 2:28:00 AM CDT August 22, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 68°
10pm 68°
11pm 66°
12am 64°
1am 62°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

9:01p
Hollywood Game Night
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:01p
Hollywood Game Night
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld