Andrew “Andy” Viater is a U.S. Navy Veteran who was last seen at his family’s home in Ashland, Wisconsin on January 22, 1980. There was a blizzard covering the Ashland, Wisconsin area with snow on the night of January 21 and into January 22, 1980. Around 4:00 AM on January 22, 1980, Andrew’s Father heard the front door of their Ashland home slam shut. Andrew’s Father looked outside and saw footprints in the snow. Curious, he followed the footprints in the fresh snow leading off the front porch and down the sidewalk. The footprints then turned right towards the railroad tracks where they suddenly stopped. Andrew’s Father was unable to locate any other footprints leading anywhere else from the tracks. According to the missing person report for Andrew Viater, he was being treated for psychological problems that he suffered during his time in the U.S. Navy. Since Andrew went missing, his mother and father have both passed away and they wondered what happened to their son all the way up to their passing.
Andrew Thomas Viater was 22 years old at the time he went missing in 1980. Andrew Viater is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed approximately 170 pounds at the time he went missing. Andrew has brown curly hair and brown eyes. At the time that Andrew Viater went missing, he was most likely wearing a Navy Pea Coat and black Seaman’s type hat with blue jeans and a t-shirt. He could also possibly be carrying a brown or blue duffle bag. Andrew Viater wore soral boots and he was not wearing his prescription glasses.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Andrew Thomas Viater, contact the Ashland Police Department, Detective Gerald Katchka at 715-682-7062 reference case # 201-80. (NamUs MP # 20159)