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Extensive search turns up no new clues for missing Bemidji man, aerial search planned

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BEMIDJI – Land and water searches for missing 31-year-old Matt Pulis have not turned up any signs of the Bemidji man, according to a press release Thursday from the Bemidji Police Department.

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Pulis was last seeing in the early-morning hours Oct. 20 as he left downtown Bemidji, believed to be walking north on Beltrami Avenue Northwest.

Police have conducted a shoreline search of Lake Bemidji and Lake Irvine and have completed a 200-block, door-to-door search of the area believed to have been Pulis’ route home, according to the release.

Lake searches were done by boat and side-scan sonar, the release stated.

An aerial search was planned Thursday to be conducted over a 500-acre lowland area west of the city, according to the release.

The public is asked to continue checking their properties and any outbuildings, campers or structures.

Pulis is described as 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds. He is white, with chin-length brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information should call the police at 333-9111.

Friends and family continue to update the public and ask for tips and leads through a Facebook page, Help Us Find Matt Pulis. 

From the Pioneer archives:

Doesn't add up: Missing Bemidji man prompts family search

Public asked to check yards, buildings for Pulis

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