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UPDATE: Missing La Crescent Township man found


LA CRESCENT TOWNSHIP, Minnesota (WXOW) – The La Crescent Township man who went missing after he crashed his car into a ditch Saturday has been found, according to the Houston County Sheriff's Office and the La Crescent Police Department.

The man is alive, according to both departments.

At this time, they have no more information about when and where the man was found, and his condition.

The crash happened Saturday in the area of 3700 North Pine Creek Road and County Road 1, according to the Winona Sheriff's Department.

La Crescent Fire Department got the call around noon, but no driver was in the car when they arrived.

Responders are now looking for a 40-year old man. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black jacket with a red and white "W" on the back, according to the fire department.

The man could be wet and muddy up to his waist, and is possibly disoriented, added the Winona County Sheriff's Department.

Right after the crash, neighbors near the site saw the man staggering down Pine Creek Road, said Assistant Fire Chief Terry Fruechte. But they didn't see where he went.

The man lives only a few miles from where he crashed his car, Fruechte said. He didn't return home.

La Crescent Police and Fire Departments, the Winona and Houston County Sheriff's Offices, the Department of Natural Resources and State Patrol helped with the search.

They looked near the ditch and in a surrounding swamp and wooded area, without any results.

"He was noticed walking toward his residence but hasn't arrived there yet.  So we're hoping he's just sitting on a log somewhere waiting for us to find him," Fruechte said.

One concern for firefighters is hypothermia. Fruechte said if this man got wet, he could be freezing at this point.

To help emergency responders battle the cold, the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services brought hot coffee, hot chocolate, fruit and sandwiches to the search area.

"It's sort of a way of serving first responders. You know, the guys who are out taking care of fires and accidents. The guys who run in when other people are running away," said Joe Duncan, emergency disasters coordinator.

Duncan said the Salvation Army always arrives at a scene when an emergency management team asks for their services.

They stay until the responders are done searching the site, he added.  

Law enforcement asks anyone who has seen the missing man or has any information on his whereabouts to call the Houston County Sheriff's Office at 507-725-3379 Ext. 1, or the Winona County Sheriff's Department at 507-457-6368.

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