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Where is Jeremy? Air, ground, water search underway for missing 17-year-old

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BEMIDJI — Law enforcement agencies conducted a “large-scale search” on Monday for Jeremy Jourdain, the 17-year-old Cass Lake boy last seen on Halloween in Bemidji.

Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said Monday’s search would include foot and ATV searches, as well as the use of watercraft and helicopters. Searchers focused on the Nymore area of Bemidji and points east, Mastin said. A command center was set up at the Sanford Center.

“Today’s effort is essentially because we’ve run out of leads,” Mastin said. “We’ve run down all of those leads and they’ve not produced really anything of substance and they’ve definitely not produced Mr. Jourdain, so the natural progression was to go back to the search.”

While police initially believed Jourdain was a runaway they began treating him as a missing person when he wasn’t quickly located. On Nov. 4, multiple law enforcement agencies conducted ground and air searches for Jourdain.

Mastin said police have received several tips that placed Jourdain in other parts of the community, but follow up on those tips yielded no new information to his location.

“During the initial investigation, we employed a large-scale search that involved ground, a bloodhound, water and air support search crews in an effort to search the southeast section of the city of Bemidji and the areas east to the city of Cass Lake,” a release from Mastin read.

By Monday afternoon, 85 officials from 16 agencies had signed in to assist with the search. Mastin said police planned to knock on every door in the Nymore neighborhood and remind property owners to check their outbuildings for Jourdain. Law enforcement once again used a helicopter to look for signs of the teen and conducted a water search on Lake Bemidji, Lake Irving and parts of the Mississippi River.

“The idea that he’s not been seen by anyone leads us to believe that he’s either not here, or he might be in something,” Mastin said. “That’s where we have to re-address this and get out and talk to every property owner and just confirm they’ve checked their properties.”

Jourdain’s family and friends also continued their own search along U.S. Highway 2. Alex Tanner, Jourdain’s aunt, said the family will continue to search until Jourdain is found.

Jourdain was last seen on Halloween night in the Nymore area. Searches — both by civilians and law enforcement — have covered large portions of Bemidji, as well as areas along U.S. Highway 71, Roosevelt Road, U.S. Highway 2 and Power Dam Road.

Jourdain is described as a 6-foot-4-inch, 175-pound Native American male with short, dark brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue and gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans. If you have had contact with Jourdain or know his current whereabouts, police ask that you contact the law enforcement center at (218) 333-9111.

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