Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Ailene Croup
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Search for missing man continues


Kenneth Scott Kleppen, missing since March 3.

Kenneth Scott Kleppen, 22, has been missing since March 3 - three weeks.

There was nothing unusual about Kleppen's routine the first few days of March. He and his sister shared an apartment in Sandstone. Kleppen had been out of work since January but was upbeat about finding another job, said his mother Kim Opsahl.

On Tuesday, March 2, Kleppen went to visit his sister at work and let her know he planned to visit his dad. It was his last known contact. His sister began looking for him when he didn't return home that evening and didn't show up at his dad's home. She found his truck at Robinson Park. The next day came and still no word of him. His sister notified his grandmother. She called Opsahl, who lives out of state. A missing person's report was filed with the Pine County Sheriff's Department and the search began.

Kleppen had two passions, his mother explained, parks and gaming. Volunteers were organized and searched Robinson Park and Banning State Park the second weekend in March. Volunteers, search dogs and drones were used again this past weekend.

Opsahl said Cody Christle has been on her mind during their searches but she never thought she would be in the same position as Christle's family, waiting for information on the whereabouts of her son.

"It's surreal," she said. "This is extremely out of character for him. It would have had to be something major that happened. He's very caring and loving."

He has a dachshund his sister babysits if he's going to be gone any length of time. Opsahl said her son would never leave his dog alone without notifying his sister.

Anyone with information should contact the Pine County Sheriff's Department at (320) 629-8380.


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