UPDATE: 11/4/15 – The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Bruce was located safely in Missouri, but no other details have been released.
An Army Ranger veteran and former police officer from Wisconsin is missing and his family does not know if he has gone back to Syria to fight ISIS or not.
Bruce Windorski, 40, of Gillett, was featured in a Sept. 5 Wall Street Journal article that was about American veterans who voluntarily, on their own, went to fight the Islamic State. Windorski was one of an estimated 100 Americans that have joined the People’s Defense Units (YPG). There is speculation that Windorski was driven go to Syria after hearing reports that militants took credit for downing a helicopter that killed his brother Phil in 2009.
When Windorski left in January 2015, he never told his wife that he was going. She actually thought he was at a logging-equipment training class, but he did contact them when he arrived in Syria. In April he returned home.
Then on Sunday, Windorski went missing again after he didn’t return home from a planned trip with other veterans with PTSD. His last phone activity was in Thornfield Township last Sunday.
“He knows how to survive,” Bruce’s wife, Courtney told the Milwaukee Journal. “If this is a voluntary thing he’s doing, I’m angry. But I’m also worried because I know there are things he’s dealing with, and the last thing he wants to do is hurt us.”
Bruce was driving a grey 2003 Dodge Durango with Menominee National License Plate A9658. Bruce has tattos with “Abnormal” across his upper back.