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Public's help sought in case of missing Mahnomen County man

The Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding a man who has been missing since Saturday night.

Francis William Brown III, 31, of Naytahwaush was last seen Saturday might leaving his girlfriend’s house about 18 miles east of Mahnomen. He was headed to his brother’s residence in Mahnomen.

Brown is described as 5-foot, 10-inches tall, 200 pounds, with short dark hair, brown eyes and a short beard and mustache.

His car was found in Naytahwaush on a trail near a wooded area.

A search was held on Tuesday night until dark and resumed Wednesday morning in the Naytahwaush area, which is about 22 miles east of Mahnomen.

Agencies involved in the search included Mahnomen County sheriff deputies, White Earth police officers, Polk County deputies, a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter crew, Twin Lakes firefighters, and White Earth Forestry employees. A former sheriff’s office chief deputy also used his private plane to help in the search.

There were also about 45 volunteers from the Naytahwaush area, who helped in the extensive ground and air search of the area, without success. Brown was still missing on Thursday afternoon.

If anyone has seen him since the evening of Oct. 4 or has any information about him they are asked to call the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office at 218-935-2255.

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