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Kevin Bonham, Forum News Service, Published May 15 2013

Search goes on for missing Minto man

High water levels continue to thwart efforts to locate the body of a Minto, N.D., farmer who is believed to have drowned April 29.

Guy Miller, 55, was driving a white pickup when floodwaters swept the vehicle off a gravel road about three miles west of town. He was last seen by a friend as he stood on the pickup’s running board calling for help.

The vehicle remains hung up on a bank, still partially submerged in a coulee about a quarter mile from where it left the road.

“We’re out there every day walking it, checking it,” Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild said Wednesday. “The water’s going down now, but the Forest River is still flowing so fast that we’re not able to get the east half of that creek down enough to search.”

The search area continues to be less than a quarter-mile from where the unnamed coulee flows into Forest River, about 1.5 miles southwest of Minto.

Authorities have used unmanned aircraft, all-terrain vehicles, dive teams and dogs in the search over the past 17 days, Wild said, adding that dogs may be brought in again.

Officials also are considering an organized ground search of the entire area that was flooded two weeks ago.

While some authorities have suggested the search area should be expanded to the Forest River, Wild is confident they’re targeting the right spot.

“There’s still a lot of water on that east end,” he said. “We have to get that water down in the Forest. It’s just going to take time.”