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Search continues for missing Trail man

A third search on Friday morning for Luane Harry Hanson flew in a cadaver K-9 unit from the Twin Cities.

Mahnomen County Sheriff Brad Athmann reported that the dog searched the pond nine miles southeast of Mahnomen where Hanson's car was found on July 21. Friday's search came up with mixed results, according to Athmann's press release.

He said the K-9 unit showed some positive indicators at the pond, but trained divers from the Becker County Sheriff's Office and Tri-State Divers searched the pond without finding anything.

Searches on Tuesday and Thursday of the pond, fields, ditches and buildings around the area using all-terrain vehicles, aircraft and ground crews found no evidence of Hanson's whereabouts. The Minnesota State Patrol and Civil Air Patrol aircraft assisted sheriffs' departments from Mahnomen and Pennington counties, along with White Earth Conservation officers and White Earth Biology staff. Local and family volunteers assisted in the search, too.

More searches are being planned by Hanson's family members and friends.

Hanson, 28, who lives with his parents in Trail, was last seen leaving his home at about 12:30 p.m. July 21 in a blue 1995 Cadillac Eldorado. The vehicle was found later that evening in a pond. The family reported him missing to the Pennington County Sheriff's Office on Sunday. They were not informed that the car, which was registered to Luane's parents, had already been found until after they reported him missing.

Hanson is 6 feet, one inch tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He has green eyes and brown hair with blond highlights. He was wearing black shorts and a gray T-shirt when he left home Friday.

Linda Hanson, Luane's mother, said she thought her son was planning to go for a short drive when he left home that afternoon. He left without his wallet, but Linda said he often did that when he went out for short period of time. She said he also left his cell phone at home because its battery was dead.

She said it was very usual for Luane to be gone for a long period of time without calling home.

Luane's sister, Wendy Thrane, said the family believes that Luane was not with the car when it was taken into Mahnomen County. She said they think it may have been stolen.

Luane graduated from Bemidji State University this spring with a degree in mass communications.

Authorities are urging property owners in Mahnomen, Pennington, Red Lake and Polk counties to check their property and outbuildings for any signs of Luane or suspicious activity. Those with information regarding Luane's whereabouts, or who think they saw him or his car on July 21, should contact the Pennington County Sheriff's Office at (218) 681-6161 or Athmann at his office at (218) 935-2255, homer at (218) 935-5060 or cell phone (218) 261-0266.