With thanks to a community that “really came together to help,” the Thief River Falls Police Department this morning confirmed the death of an 80 year old resident, reported missing yesterday.
In a news release that also offered condolences to the family, officials say Orvin Sund was found deceased in an out-building at his home in the 400 Block of Conley Avenue South. Although an autopsy has been ordered, Police Chief Dick Wittenberg says Sund died of apparent natural causes, no foul play is suspected.
Sund was reported missing by his family just after 4pm Tuesday, triggering a city-wide foot search, with a Code Red Alert call for additional community volunteers at 7:30 last night; the group gathering at the Fire Hall to spread out across the city in a search that included track vehicles and ATVs.
According to Chief Wittenberg, family members became concerned when they could not find Sund when they arrived at the home at 11am yesterday morning. Wittenberg says “pastries” delivered to the home Sunday were still untouched, the television still on – with Sund officially reported as missing later that afternoon.
Described as a man who enjoyed walking outdoors, Wittenberg said Tuesday night this was the third time police had been called on to help locate Sund. Wittenberg says the garage had been searched earlier by both family and law enforcement, the body found in a space that was not easily seen or accessed.
In an interview with Thief River Falls Radio Chief Wittenberg said he wanted to “thank everyone that came out to help search for Orvin. It’s amazing when a family is in need, this community pulls together to rally around them.”
The search for a missing Thief River Falls man was called off late last night, after a Police Advisory saying 80 year old Orvin Sund had been “located …”
Speaking with the Police Department Tuesday night, Chief Dick Wittenberg told Thief River Falls Radio he needed time to “notify family” before releasing details, with more information expected later this morning. The latest came as a Code Red Alert just before 11pm, following a search that began late Tuesday afternoon, with Sund reported missing by his family at right around 4pm.
That search was expanded with a call for community volunteers at 7:30 last night, the group gathering at the Fire Hall then spreading out to look by vehicle, on foot, side-by-side track and all-terrain vehicle.
At that time Chief Wittenberg said they had been unable to establish when Sund had last been seen. The Chief said the Thief River Falls man did not appear to be home, although the television was on, when “pastries” were delivered to his residence in the 400 block of South Conley on Sunday. The pastries were untouched, the TV still on, when family arrived at the home at 11am Tuesday morning.
The Department’s K-9 Unit was called in, but Chief Wittenberg said Max had been unable to establish “a trail,” telling us Sund’s vehicle had been accounted for and Sund was believed to be “on-foot.”
Described as a man who enjoyed walking outdoors, Wittenberg said Tuesday night this was the third time police had been called on to help locate Sund.
As the search wound down last night, Chief Wittenberg said they were planning to resume at day-break, using a camera equipped drone to search by air – that was before the 11pm notice that Sund had been “located.”