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Police Ask For Help in Search of Missing Northfield Man

The Northfield Police Department is asking hunters out the next few weeks for deer season to keep an eye out for Northfield's Joshua Ben Bohlen, who's been missing since Sept. 20.

The Northfield Police Department is asking hunters out the next few weeks for deer season to keep an eye out for Northfield's Joshua Ben Bohlen, who's been missing since Sept. 20.

Police say Bohlen's pickup truck was found near Goodhue Avenue and 110th Street in rural Northfield. Bohlen was last known to be on foot, according to police.

Dogs were brought in from three different states and mounted patrols from Rice and Goodhue counties for a search within a 1-mile radius of Bohlen's last known whereabouts on Oct. 20, according to Deputy Chief of Police Chuck Walerius.

“There were not hits anywhere,” he said.

At this point, Walerius said hunters and farmers who are still working in their fields may be the best hope of finding Bohlen.

“They’re another pair of eyes that are going into an area that usually doesn’t have people around,” he said.

He said any sign of evidence—a piece of clothing or otherwise—is worth a call to police. Walerius said folks with a possible lead are asked to call 911.

Walerius said there's consideration to use another sweep by sky with the Civil Air Patrol now that the leaves are off the trees. He said once there's snowfall, a search becomes increasingly difficult as any potential sign of Bohlen would be covered.

Walerius said there have been no activity on Bohlen's bank and phone accounts. 

Bohlen is described as a white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 180 pounds and has blonde hair. Bohlen has experienced recent mental health issues and his family is concerned for his well-being, police say.

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Wonderwhy November 02, 2012 at 04:03 PM
On Tuesday, October 30, Joshua Bohlen's relatives filed a petition in Rice County Court for Emergency Guardianship/Conservatorship, listing him as a protected person. He has been appointed an attorney. Doesn't that imply the family knows where he is?
Mark November 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Perhaps it has to do with his belongings/finances? Or perhaps it is in anticipation of his safe return and being able to get him help if needed?
Corey Butler Jr. November 02, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Northfield Police said "the family had to do this in order to take hold of his personal affairs."

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