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Forum staff reports , Published January 29 2013

Body found is 27-year-old Fargo man, according to preliminary ID

FARGO – Police say a body found during the search for a missing Fargo man on Monday has been preliminarily identified as that of 27-year-old Colter Brandon Dallman, who had been missing since early January.

An autopsy will take place Thursday in Bismarck, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

“There is no indication at this point of foul play,” he said.

A search dog led authorities to the body at about 2 p.m. in a field southwest of Cass County Road 14 and Interstate 29 and just north of Memory Fireworks, which was being used as a staging area for the search, said Sgt. Tara Morris, spokeswoman for the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier in the day, authorities deployed snowmobiles, ATVs and dogs as they resumed the search for Dallman. Twenty-five to 30 members of law enforcement agencies from Cass and Clay counties and the North Dakota Highway Patrol began the ground search at around 10:30 a.m. near Exit 56 on Interstate 29 east of Horace.

Authorities say Dallman’s cellphone last made contact with a cell tower southeast of Horace on Jan. 9. His car was found with the keys in it on the southbound off-ramp at Exit 56.

Fargo police, using a Highway Patrol airplane, conducted an aerial search of that area last Thursday but didn’t find anything significant. Officials postponed the ground search until Monday because of extreme cold last week.