UPDATED: Missing Crookston man found after five-hour search
CROOKSTON — A missing and reportedly suicidal man was found here Thursday night after emergency responders searched for about five hours, including a helicopter and river search.
Brian James Olson, 30, of Crookston, went missing about 2 p.m., said Chief Paul Biermaier, of the Crookston Police Department.
He was found unharmed shortly before 7 p.m. at his home, Biermaier said.
Police were notified Olson was missing and suicidal “through a medical facility,” Biermaier said. He would not go into further details about the call because of personal information relating to Olson.
The extensive search involved a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter, a boat searching the Red Lake River and officers on all-terrain vehicles.
Officers first looked for Olson at his apartment, but he wasn’t there, Biermaier said.
After that, Olson’s cellphone was tracked, and his wife suggested some locations for officers to check, Biermaier said.
“He was on the move during the search,” he said.
Local law enforcement agencies received several calls from the public wondering what was happening, Biermaier said. But throughout the search, there was no indication of danger to the public, he said.
After Olson was found alive and unharmed, he was transported for a medical check, Biermaier said.
Crookston Fire Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Crookston Police Department Reserve, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Crookston Area Ambulance and two border patrol units assisted in the search.