Family and loved ones of Eric Fischer, of Macomb, Illinois, are left wondering where he is.  Fischer has been missing since January 8, 2023.

His girlfriend Rachael Calfee told NBC Dateline she has hope he's alive but is still looking for answers about his sudden disappearance.

I feel like people have forgotten about him. I just want to know that he’s safe.

Rachael said her last conversation with him was on January 6 and he was struggling during those days because of things happening in his life. She made a point to say it was taking a toll on him.

She said Eric expressed apologies and frustration.

Find Eric Fischer via Facebook
Find Eric Fischer via Facebook

The Day They Learned Eric Was Missing

The situation only got worse when, on January 8 when Eric's former mother-in-law reached out to Rachael, concerned about his well-being.

Eric was supposed to pick up his children that weekend, but he sent a text to his ex-wife advising against bringing them over. The text had hints of suicidal thoughts.

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His family contacted the Macomb Police Department which initiated an extensive search. The only signs of Eric were captured on surveillance footage at a Walmart in Macomb on January 8.

The video showed him purchasing items including a bicycle, a bike pump, and deodorant. This marked the last tangible trace of him.

Find Eric Fischer via Facebook
Find Eric Fischer via Facebook

Volunteers and local police did their own searches but were unsuccessful. Despite the intensity of the search, foul play has not been suspected in Eric's disappearance.

His family hopes his distinct appearance will help identify him.

  • 5’11”
  • 175 lbs.
  • brown hair, a brown beard,
  • tattoos

Anyone with information about his disappearance is urged to contact the Macomb Police Department at 309-833-4505.

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