Authorities call off extensive river search in BreckenridgeBreckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - After 12 hours of searching, authorities have called off an extensive search and rescue operation of the Ottertail River in Breckenridge.
By: Brian Abel, WDAY
Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - After 12 hours of searching, authorities have called off an extensive search and rescue operation of the Ottertail River in Breckenridge.
It began when a woman flashed a police officer with her headlights, telling him she witnessed someone jump off the Main Street Bridge into the water below.
That Breckenridge police officer was flagged down shortly after 2 am this morning, and it launched that massive search in the river. The police officer says that the person that flagged him down was credible and not intoxicated and just concerned.
Nate Harder/Breckenridge Police Chief: "He went to check for the jumper. He didn't see anything so he went back and tried to contact her and she was gone unfortunately"
That's when Officer Lyle Hearn told supervisors the information was valid enough for a full water search and rescue to begin, with the Wilkin County Sheriff's department, Richland County Water Rescue, Wahpeton Police Department and both Breckenridge Fire and Police conducting the search,
Using High Powered search lights, thermal imaging devices and boats to help drag the bottom of the river.
Harder: "Absolutely nothing was found. My investigator then started contacting people, different agencies. Is anyone missing? Do we have any investigations where somebody could be missing or possibly suicidal? And once again we've come up short of that, on anything at that point."
That was enough to call off the 30 man, 3 boat searches around 2, nearly 12 hours after it first began. Breckenridge Fire Department says it will head back out if any new credible information is brought to light.
Brian Conzemius/Breckenridge Fire Chief: “Sure it enters your mind but you can't think that way because the last thing you want to do is think we're not going to find nothing right away and quit too early."
Breckenridge police are asking you to call them at 218-643-5506, if you have any information.