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Forum News Service, Published May 16 2013

Man’s body pulled from Lake Irving

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Police would not confirm the body of a man pulled from Lake Irving on Thursday afternoon was that of Matt Pulis, missing since Oct. 20.

But several law enforcement officials said they believed Pulis’ body was recovered behind a cabin on Woodland Avenue, and that members of the missing man’s family were talking with police at the Law Enforcement Center on Thursday. Rumors also swirled on social media, speculating that Pulis’ body had been found and asking for respect for his family.

Pulis, who was 31 at the time of his disappearance, is the only active missing persons case in the Beltrami County area, according to police.

Bemidji police secured a helicopter from the Minnesota State Patrol on Thursday to search for Pulis. Iceless lakes and snow-free ground presented a new chance of spotting something, according to Beltrami County Emergency Services Director Beryl Wernberg.

In a release issued Thursday evening, Police Chief Mike Mastin said the body would be sent to the Ramsey County medical examiner for identification and to determine a cause of death.