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Stephen J. Lee, Forum Communications Co., Published December 13 2010

Search continues for Crookston man missing since Friday in Alvarado, Minn.

A Crookston man missing since Friday evening when he last was seen outside a home in Alvarado, Minn., hasn't been seen or heard from since,despite extensive searching by local, state and federal officials that continued Sunday.

According to Crookston Police Chief Tim Motherway and Marshall County Sheriff John Novacek, Roy Vernon Gustofson, 50, last was seen about 8 p.m. Friday in a car outside a trailer home in Alvarado, and he reportedly walked away from the car.

Motherway said a family member of Gustofson's first reported him missing about 4 p.m. Saturday.

"He was reported missing here, but he went missing up in Alvarado on Friday night," Motherway said Sunday night. "It was not reported to us until Saturday afternoon."

Gustofson was uemployed, Motherway said. His address in Crookston is 533 Summit Ave.

Nothing has been ruled out, including foul play and all leads are being investigated, Motherway said.

Gustofson doesn't have a criminal record to speak of, Motherway said.

In 2005, he was convicted in Polk County for drunk driving and driving without auto insurance and served some time in jail in Crookston. In 2008, he violated his probation on the 2005 conviction, according to state court records.

Gustofson last was seen in a trailer home park in Alvarado, which is about 19 miles north of East Grand Forks. Crookston is about 22 miles southeast of East Grand Forks.

"He was with two other men, in a car. They went into a trailer and he was in the car. A few minutes later, when they came back out, he was gone," Motherway said. "That is the last we know anyone has seen him."

Gustofson is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes, according to Novacek's office. He was wearing a black fleece jacket, blue jeans and sneakers when last seen, a news release from Novacek’s office reported.

The U.S. Border Patrol searched from the air and Crookston police and Alvarado’s fire and rescue crews have aided the sheriff’s office in the search that continued into the evening Sunday and will resume Monday.

The search was focused on the Snake River that goes through Alvarado and included all-terrain vehicles, a law enforcement source said.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff at (218) 745-5411 or the Crookston police at (218) 281-311.


Stephen J. Lee is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald