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Published August 06 2013

Badlands search for missing Hillsboro man ends

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Authorities in the Badlands have called off the search for a Hillsboro man missing since July 24.

McKenzie County Sheriff John Fulwider decided to end the active search for Duncan Templer, 51, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Templer’s unoccupied semi was found at a U.S. Highway 85 overlook about 22 miles south of Watford City after his stepson and the semi’s owner, Trans Systems of Great Falls, Mont., asked the sheriff’s office to do a welfare check on Templer.

A family member reported that Templer was upset upon learning that he had cancer, according to the news release, which described Templer as “possibly suicidal.”

Sheriff’s deputies searched the area on foot that evening. Subsequent searches by air, foot, motorized vehicles, search dogs and horses were conducted until July 31 without success, the release stated.

After talking to Templer’s family, the county’s emergency manager and other law enforcement officers, Fulwider “has decided he has exhausted all resources and has called off the active search for Mr. Templer in the area that he was known to be in,” the release stated.

Fulwider did not return a phone message left Tuesday.

Templer is considered a missing person, and the sheriff’s office will continue to investigate, the release stated.