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UPDATED: Missing Crookston man found after five-hour search

Officers start to put away an all-terrain vehicle Thursday after an about five-hour search for a missing, suicidal man in Crookston. The man was found alive and unharmed. Charly Haley / Herald staff1 / 2
Police Chief Paul Biermaier2 / 2

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.

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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