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Search continues for missing western North Dakota teen

Law enforcement's search for Beulah High School senior Tyler Schaeffer remains ongoing into its second week as Schaeffer has been missing since May 1, 2022.

Tyler Schaeffer
Tyler Schaeffer, 18, was last seen May 1 near Congregational Church in Beulah, North Dakota.
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BEULAH, N.D. — The Beulah Police Department’s ongoing search for 18-year-old Tyler Schaeffer is now in its second week. Schaeffer is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has blonde hair.

On Friday, Police Chief Frank Senn confirmed that the Dickinson Rural Dive & Rescue Team conducted searches beneath the water of the Knife River in an effort to rule out any possibilities that Schaeffer was in the river.

"Today is Day 9. Tyler we aren’t going to give up," Senn said. "We will have efforts today as we expand our search area. We will be working on more tips. Please keep them coming. Thank you Beulah for being behind our efforts. Thanks to everyone that had helped. The list is so long."

Police are asking residents to be vigilant around their properties by checking yards, sheds, underneath decks and generally looking for anything that might seem out of place in order to assist police in their active and ongoing search.

In a phone conversation with The Dickinson Press on Tuesday, Schaeffer's mother, Gina Campbell, said it's uncharacteristic of him to stop communicating with his family.

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"I want to reiterate that he would not do this. This is not typical of Tyler. He's never done this before," Campbell said. "We were very close, so he just wouldn't do this to me. He wouldn't do this to his brothers and sisters."

Schaeffer has three brothers and one sister. He played wide receiver all four years of high school for the Beulah Miners' football team. He was enlisted in the U.S. Army, scheduled to ship off to Fort Benning, Georgia, in late June. She said his dream was to become a U.S. Army Ranger.

A community prayer service was held on May 3 at Prince of Peace Church on behalf of Schaeffer. According to Senn, the Beulah high school senior was last seen at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, May 1, walking near Congregational Church.

The Beulah Police Department is encouraging anyone with tips or potential information on the whereabouts of Schaeffer to call 701-873-5252 or message the department's Facebook page.

Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in rural southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge.
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