EPPING, N.D. — The Williams County Sheriff's Office found the body of an 18-year-old man on Tuesday, June 25, a little less than 24 hours after he was first reported missing.
Searchers found the body of Saul Haataja in a tree row near 119th Road NW, about 15 miles southeast of Williston, the Williston Herald reported. Haataja had been reported missing early Monday afternoon by his father, according to Lt. Detective Amanda McNamee of the Williams County Sheriff's Office.
The search began Monday afternoon, but was hampered by a storm and then nightfall, McNamee said.
The search restarted at 6 a.m. Tuesday, and Haataja's body was found a few hours later near Lewis and Clark State Park around 10:13 a.m., according to McNamee. His body is being sent to Bismarck for an autopsy to determine his cause of death and when he died.
Haataja had last been seen about 5 p.m. Sunday south of the park, according to the Sheriff's Office.