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Search continues for missing Bemidji man

Matt Pulis

BEMIDJI - Family and friends, and the Bemidji Police Department, continue to seek more information regarding the disappearance of 31-year-old Matt Pulis.

A Facebook group formed to help find the Bemidji man is reporting that police had a water crew out on Bemidji lakes Friday and also were searching areas around the route believed to have been Pulis' path home from downtown bars Oct. 20.

Pulis was last seen around 2:30 a.m. Saturday as he headed north on Beltrami Avenue away from downtown Bemidji. It is unknown if Pulis walked or was given a ride when he left downtown.

In a news release from the Bemidji Police Department, the public is asked to check their backyards and any outbuildings they may have. If Pulis attempted to walk home from the downtown area he may have sought shelter along the way due to cooler temperatures.

Pulis is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches, 180 pounds, with chin-length brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a dark blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt.

The public has been asked to wear yellow ribbons to maintain public awareness about his disappearance, according to the Facebook group.

The Facebook group, Help Us Find Matt Pulis, also has reported that there is a potential lead regarding a Waste Management employee, who said he gave a ride to a man who looked like Pulis, but it is not certain whether the passenger was actually Pulis. The Waste Management employee said he gave the passenger a ride to a gas station; the passenger said he was headed west to Washington.

Friends and family checked with the local bus depot and confirmed that Pulis has not purchased any recent bus tickets, the Facebook group reported.

Earlier information about Pulis' ATM card use was not quite accurate, the Facebook group reported. His ATM card was used to withdraw cash on Friday, but the withdrawal wasn't posted until Monday.