Latest search for boy last seen three and a half years ago unsuccessful

The Bemidji Police Department and other law enforcement agencies deployed 35 law enforcement officers Tuesday to search an area recently burned by the Bemidji Fire Department as part of a three and a half year search for a 17-year-old boy last seen Halloween night 2016.

The search for Jeremy Jourdain started at the west parking lot of the Sanford Center, but nothing of evidentiary value was found.

The prescribed burn removed a significant amount of ground cover and provided an opportunity to thoroughly search this area.

Jourdain, a Cass Lake resident, was gathering on the 500 block of Wood Avenue with friends the night he went missing. Since the disappearance, Chief of Police Mike Mastin said the department has received and followed up on hundreds of leads.

“Each of these leads have been investigated in hopes that is would lead to answers in this case,” said Mastin.

“As the weather continues to improve and people begin to venture outdoors we ask the public keep Jeremy in mind and check your land and outbuildings. Cabin owners should check their property for any sign of Jeremy Jourdain.”

If you have information contact Detective Michelle Leffelman of the Bemidji Police Department at 218-333-8367, and you can ask to remain anonymous.

According to a release, officers were assisted in Tuesday’s search by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Bureau of Indian Affairs, FBI, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and the Minnesota DNR.

 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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