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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

GRAND MARAIS — Paul Brandt, 82, went looking for blueberries along the Gunflint Trail on Aug. 1 and then disappeared, baffling search and rescue teams who have been looking ever since.


On Wednesday, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said they had suspended the formal search for Brandt, a lifetime resident of the area.

“I can’t tell you how frustrating this is to not have found him. But I don’t know what else we could have done,” Cook County Chief Deputy Leif Lunde said.

Lunde said Brandt’s family was still out looking Wednesday, and that local pilots also are expected to continue looking for Brandt.

Brandt was reported missing after 9 p.m. Aug. 1 after he failed to return from picking blueberries. His vehicle was found just north of the Seagull Guard Station, a U.S. Forest Service field office, near a helipad that was used during forest firefighting efforts in recent years.

Lunde said there’s no evidence of foul play or that Brandt ended up in a lake or river.