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Forum staff reports, Published April 27 2013

Search called off for man; Moorhead police don't believe he went into Red River

MOORHEAD – Authorities with rescue boats and a police dog searched the Red River on Saturday evening after receiving a report that a man may have gone into the icy, swollen river, but police now believe he didn’t enter the river.

Police received a call at about 5:30 p.m. from a woman who said she had been in a fight with her boyfriend and was concerned, based on statements he made, that he may have jumped into the flooding river, Sgt. Thad Stafford said.

A police dog tracked the man’s scent for a distance but not into the river, and no witnesses saw the man go into the river, Stafford said.

Officers walked the riverbank on foot, and Fargo and Moorhead firefighters in rescue boats trolled the river for about an hour, but they didn’t find any signs that the man had gone in.

“We don’t know 100 percent, but with the information we’ve been getting, we don’t believe he went in,” Stafford said at about 8 p.m. “We think he is just wandering around somewhere.”

Stafford said it’s a dangerous time to be on or near the river because of the fast current and cold water temperature.