Ground search for missing Grand Marais man suspended
The ground search for a missing Grand Marais man, Paul Brandt, 82, has been suspended, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Leif Lunde said the ground search had suspended because “all reasonable locations have been searched without success.” Search efforts began at 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, August 1.
Several items of personal property in the search area, but no credible evidence indicating his location, said Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk on August 6.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue patrol and aircraft efforts. They will also continue to post public notices regarding Brandt’s disappearance. The Sheriff’s Office will post a map of the geographic area that was searched on the Cook County internet website at: http://www.co.cook.mn.us/ . The area of the Gunflint helipad where the search was under way is again open to the public.
Brandt went blueberry picking up the Gunflint Trail on Thursday afternoon, August 1 and did not return home. He was picking blueberries in the area south of the U.S. Forest Service Seagull Guard Station. His vehicle was found in that vicinity.
According to the first public notification from Cook County Law Enforcement, Brandt is 6’1, 190 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses. It is not known what he is wearing.
At the time he went missing, his family described Brandt as in good health and “pretty fit.” Brandt lives on the Gunflint Trail and it is unusual for him not to return home.
The search involved the use of helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, four search dogs and according to Sheriff Falk, "Many, many people."
The following agencies assisted with the search efforts:
Cook County Search and Rescue Lake County Search and Rescue St. Louis County Search and Rescue Sawyer County Wisconsin Search and Rescue Central Lakes Search and Rescue Minnesota State Patrol Minnesota Department of Natural Resources United States Forest Service United States Border Patrol Gunflint Volunteer Fire Department Hovland Volunteer Fire Department Colvill Volunteer Fire Department Maple Hill Volunteer Fire Department Grand Marais Volunteer Fire Department Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department
Sheriff Falk said there were also a tremendous number of civilian volunteers who have assisted the Cook County Sheriff's Office with this effort.
Chief Deputy Lunde said, “The Sheriff’s Office sincerely and gratefully thanks all of the organizations and volunteers who assisted with the search efforts.”
Anyone with any information regarding the location of Paul Brandt is asked to please call the Cook County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 387-3030.