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UPDATE: Agencies suspend Red River search until new info becomes available

Periodic searches will be planned throughout the next week

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Firefighters from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks search the Red River north of the Sorlie Bridge in downtown Grand Forks Friday morning.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — Teams will be suspending efforts to search the Red River for a potential missing swimmer unless new information becomes available, according to a news release from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office. Though, periodic searches of the river are planned throughout the week.

Several agencies, including Grand Forks and Polk County sheriff’s offices and the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks fire departments, spent Friday and Saturday searching the Red River for a person that may have gone into the river Friday morning. Authorities say it is unknown if the person exited the water.

On Saturday, the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office said there are currently no active missing person reports that match the information provided during the initial call. A caller said they observed someone swimming toward the North Dakota shoreline on the north side of the Sorlie Bridge on Friday morning, around 8:15 a.m. The witness lost sight of the individual while contacting 911.

Crews used sonar-equipped boats in a saturated search pattern of the area throughout Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office at 701-780-8280.

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The Grand Forks Sheriff's Office says that around 8:15 a.m., an individual was observed swimming west towards the North Dakota shoreline on the north side of the Sorlie Bridge. A witness lost sight of the individual while contacting 911.

East Grand Forks Police and Fire, Grand Forks Police and Fire, Altru Ambulance, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office Water Operations Team responded and began actively searching the area shortly after, according to a press release.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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