Missing Eau Claire man found safe; Silver Alert canceled

State Department of Justice

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A Silver Alert for an Eau Claire man who was last seen Wednesday afternoon has been canceled after he was found safe.

The state Department of Justice said Gerald Golke, 85, left his residence on Meadow Lane in Eau Claire at around 3 p.m. to purchase a cell phone but never returned home. He recently mentioned going to Turtle Lake Casino in St. Croix or Ho-Chuck Casino in Black River Falls.

Officials said Golke moved to Eau Claire recently and is not familiar with the area.