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Staff report, Published July 31 2009

Search for missing Staples, Minn., man enters second week

STAPLES, Minn. - The search for a missing 82-year-old Cass County man has now entered its second week, but law enforcement and the public are continuing the search effort northeast of Staples.

Peter Achermann, 82, of rural Staples, has now been missing for seven days and has not been seen since the late afternoon of July 24 at a Staples location. His 1995 Chevrolet station wagon he was driving was located Saturday evening abandoned and stuck on a dead-end dirt road in northern Becker Township in Cass County, northeast of Staples.

Searchers have not found any major clues since the location of Achermann's car Saturday. Without any new clues, law enforcement scaled back search operations Wednesday.

Achermann is a white man, about 5-foot-9, 175 pounds and has a gray beard and generally walks with a cane. He lives on a Moose Lake Township farm north of Leader.

Anyone with information on Achermann is asked to call the Cass County Sheriff's Department at (800) 450-2677 or (218) 547-1424.

Cass County authorities are still focusing their search on a remote heavily wood area in northern Becker Township in Cass County, located about six miles northeast of Staples. Law enforcement and volunteers were searching in the township today and are expected to continue search operations Saturday.

Public wishing to assist in the Achermann search should call (218) 547-1424 or go the search staging area.

From Staples: take County Road 33 (Warner Road) east until you cross the Crow Wing River Bridge into Cass County, take the next left on County Road 32 and go two miles, then take a right onto 85th Ave. Southwest and travel a short distance to the stage area.

From Motley: Take state Highway 64 about 2.5 miles north, turn left on County Road 33 (Warner Road), travel west until you reach County Road 32, turn right and travel two miles, take a right onto 85th Ave. Southwest and travel a short distance to the stage area.

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