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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 3:50 pm | Updated: 9:03 pm, Tue Feb 19, 2013.

(Updated at 11 a.m. with more detail from Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn)

Police and rescue personnel found a missing Northfield man walking in a field south of Hwy. 19 near Benton Avenue in Webster Township at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, police say.

Medical staff started evaluating the 27-year-old man at Northfield Hospital less than 45 minutes later, according to Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn.

"We're at the hospital right now with him," he said. "He's obviously very cold, but they're still checking him over."

Dunn said he would not release the man's name or any additional information, as the situation could relate to mental health or criminal issues.

It will be up the the Rice County Attorney's Office to review the case and decide whether or not to file a criminal complaint against the man, a process that could take two to four weeks, Dunn said Tuesday morning.

"If they do charge him, that will be made public," Dunn said. "I don't have a feeling one way or another. Bottom line, he's safe, [his] family is safe and I appreciate the work of the deputies and firefighters that came in to assist on the search yesterday."

The man was being held by hospital staff for evaluation Tuesday morning.

At about 3 p.m. Monday, police started combing the area surrounding Union Lake in Northfield for the man who was last seen Sunday night.

Dunn confirmed that his department, with the help of the Lonsdale Fire Department, Northfield Fire Department and the Minnesota State Patrol were searching for a man who left his home on Bagley Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Someone spoke to the man on the phone at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dunn said.

Battling cold temperatures and windy conditions, about 15 rescue personnel fanned out on ATVs, snowmobiles and the state patrol helicopter in search of the man on Monday.

Dunn described the Northfield man as a white male, who is 6-foot-1-inch, 170 pounds and last seen wearing blue jeans and an orange jacket.

"Because of the cold weather and the time, we want as many rescue personnel out searching for this missing person as we can get," Dunn said.

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  • Bad Betty posted at 6:14 am on Wed, Aug 7, 2013.

    Bad Betty Posts: 10

    The tax dollar pays for the manpower and equipment to find him, then the public should know who it is. Now, if the the family prefers not to release that, then they should repay the county the costs involved..right? And, if the name is kept private, then why the heck even release the story...

  • 7outof10 posted at 11:52 am on Wed, Feb 20, 2013.

    7outof10 Posts: 315

    My usual gripes huh? I see your still a newbie at this like you were when you replied to a past post of mine. Instead of trolling everyone else's posts how aobut you make your own.

    My question is more of why he would be charged with anything. If I go missing on my own will and they send out a team to find me what the heck can I be charged for? The whole data privacy was more about how people hide behind that just so they don’t have to explain a hard issue or why an easy way was taken. Such as when a school principle is paid $250,000 to leave their job but you aren’t able to get a reason why. If s public officer is being paid a larger amount of money like that the school district should be told why and the “data privacy” comment should be null and void.

  • secretpearl posted at 5:13 pm on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

    secretpearl Posts: 10

    7outof10, the article says if charges are made they will be made public. Maybe while you wait this out you could be grateful for the equipment and trained rescue personnel that our tax dollars pay for, and be glad the man was found alive. If mental illness was a contributing factor in this incident maybe you could hope he gets needed help rather than make your usual gripes.

  • obicera posted at 4:53 pm on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

    obicera Posts: 282

    Kind of ironic you hide behind a moniker. For privacy?

  • 7outof10 posted at 2:04 pm on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

    7outof10 Posts: 315

    Charged? For what, gone missing? If you are going to announce a search for someone let’s give the details. Enough of everyone hiding behind those “privacy” BS comments. If we the public are asked to pay for your search then we should know why you are being searched for. The same goes for public offices and schools. They always hide behind “we can’t give you any more info because of data privacy”.

  • bwenna posted at 6:10 pm on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    bwenna Posts: 13

    good work, good job!! You found him. It's frickin cold out there..


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