"Whenever he would come into a family gathering, he comes up and gives everybody a hug and tells them that he loves them," his aunt said.
Hundreds of people turned out on Christmas morning to help search for 20-year-old George Musser, who was last seen at a bar in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area early Saturday morning, according to CBS Minnesota. According to the station, he was at Brian's Bar in Stillwater's downtown. The search came to a tragic end: Musser, who had been reported missing by Stillwater Police, was discovered dead in Baytown Township at around 7 o'clock.
It was clear from the weekend's large searches how many lives Musser impacted. The vigil could only last for approximately 15 minutes due to the weather, yet several people lingered to embrace one another while crying. "We're preparing for the worst but hoping for the best — and that's why we're getting everyone in the community to start looking," said Emily Dalbec, Musser's cousin.
On Monday, friends and family came together for a candlelight vigil to remember Musser. "George, we love you," said Kent Musser, George's father. "We all love you and we miss you so, so much." Anne Weber, Musser's aunt, shared that there are no words to adequately express the sense of loss. "Whenever he would come into a family gathering, he comes up and gives everybody a hug and tells them that he loves them," Weber said. "He would do the same thing when he left. That's one of the things we've been talking about: if we could all just be more like George. He was just a great kid, and it's just heartbreaking," Weber said.
"What this makes you think about, like spending time with people," Weber said. "What are your priorities? Doing what you can be doing to connect with your loved ones."
Musser's keys and wallet were discovered near Brian's Bar & Restaurant on Main Street, but they were miles away from where he was later discovered in nearby Baytown Township. Police allegedly have footage of Musser in various locations, showing he was traveling through town, as per Musser's family. Police are still looking into the situation. "George's family has been notified. There is no other information at this time as this case is still under investigation," police said Sunday, per CBS.
As there are still few answers as to what occurred, friends and relatives mourn their friendly and compassionate George. "We looked for him at the bar's closing, but Brian's was persistent that everyone get out, so we left and we had to assume that he had found his way home," said Ally McKay, the last one to see him. "At approximately 1:30 a.m., he came up to the booth I was sitting in with my friends and he was talking to us," said McKay. "And he told us he had to go to the bathroom and then he never returned."
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