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Hundreds Attend Benefit for Missing Man

Nicole Ebat

OMAHA(KPTM)-- Several hundred people showed up to support the family of a missing Omaha man Friday night.

The St. Leo Catholic Church opened its doors to a spaghetti dinner and silent auction.

Several businesses donated items for the auction and raffle. There was also a bake sale to help raise funds.

"If Jim was here he'd be ecstatic. It would probably blow his mind at the number of people who have shown up here to show support for him and his family and if he's out there and he hears this, he should know that there's a lot of people that miss him and love him and we want him to come back alive if that is the case, so we're always hoping for the best," said Stephen Marten, Jim's brother.

Proceeds are going to Jim Marten's wife and two children.

Marten went missing in early December. The only sign of the man has been his car which was found abandoned at the Rick's Cafe and Boatyard along the Missouri River.

Since then, the family has been conducting foot searches along the river hoping for any sign.

The family also plans to donate money toward the ATV Search and Rescue Team. The volunteer-run search team has been helping the family with searches.

The team attempted to comb the river with a sonar machine by boat last weekend, but water levels were too low.

For now, the Marten family is keeping an eye on bank accounts and hoping Jim finds his way home.

A fund for the family has been set up with First National Bank of Omaha under the "Marten Family Charitable Fund".

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