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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Search continues for missing hunter

 

November 8, 2018



The Pine County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) organized a search party Tuesday morning at the Askov Community Center for David Peltier, age 59, who was hunting in the Nemadji State Forest Saturday. The Sheriff’s Office was notified he was missing late Sunday morning.

Sheriff Jeff Nelson said his department and Peltier’s family and friends searched Sunday until dark, then North Star Search and Rescue and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) joined the Sheriff’s Office and friends and family, approximately 25 in all, in a search of the Belden area of the state forest Monday from early morning to dark. A drone was also used in the search; however, the densely wooded area made drone use a bit difficult, Nelson explained.

Unfortunately, Nelson said, there is no air support available for the search due to the rainy and cloudy weather.

Nelson said Tuesday he had enough volunteers, around 50, searching the forest. Adding to the search crew from Monday was St. Louis County Rescue, more DNR personnel, Forestry as well as Conservation officers, and more of Peltier’s family and friends.

According to Tom Provost of the DNR, the Nemadji State Forest is about as “remote as you can get in this part of the state”. There are square miles with no roads, blowdown is present, and everything is wet now, making a search in this area particularly challenging. Ground searching with dogs and humans on foot is likely the most effective for now.

“Time is a challenge,” he said due to the danger of hypothermia.

One device Provost is hoping they will get a chance to use aerially, if the weather clears, is called FLIR, for forward looking infrared. It captures differences in heat, so a warm body will stand out from the cool background. It is especially useful from the air but is only helpful as far forward as one can see in a dense forest.

If anyone sees Peltier or signs of his whereabouts, call the PCSO right away at (320) 629-8380 or call 9-1-1.

 

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