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Brandon man is missing in Europe

10.08.2018 14:49
By: News Dept

Jeff Freiheit, 32, disappeared while hiking through the Alps


Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - A 32-year-old man from Brandon is missing in the Alps.

Police in Europe say Jeff David Freiheit disappeared during a hike in the German Alps, and has not been heard from since August 1.

Officials say Freiheit has not been seen since he stopped in a town called Bad Tolz on the outskirts of Munich.

His wife, Selena Anne Freiheit, who is a kindergarten teacher in the Brandon School Division, said he was traveling alone on The Dream Way, a hiker's route, from Munich to Venice.

To see the exact route that Jeff was taking CLICK HERE

"Everything was on an itinerary, every place he was staying was reserved, so we're following up with all those locations to see if maybe he's turned up or has called," she said. "We're exhausting every option, but no answer yet."

She said Jeff is an experienced hiker, and he was on a tight schedule from Germany to Italy.

"The last time I heard from him through Facetime was August 1 at 9:58pm, Manitoba time, which was August 2 at 4:58am in his time zone," she said. "We were in daily contact for those first few days, and he was posting on his Instagram page."  

Jeff is approximately 6'1 in height, 175 lbs, with a slim athletic build, brown hair and brown eyes.

Selena Anne says the family is working with the Canadian Consulate, and the German Police, as they work to get the word out in Europe.

"It's stressful, but our main goal at this time is to let as many people know in Europe, especially hikers in Germany, Austria and Italy. We're hoping that they can share his photo and his last known whereabouts," she said. 

Jeff Freiheit was expected back in Brandon at the end of August.

If you have any information, please contact Selena: selena.freiheit@outlook.com or your local police department.