Henning, MN (KROC-AM News)- The search effort for a vulnerable missing Minnesota man has entered a new phase. 

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That’s according to a news release issued by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have deployed multiple air, ground and water resources to find the man since he went missing over the weekend. 

Officials also solicited the help of hundreds of volunteers during a massive ground search. 

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued a statewide missing person alert for 79-year-old Robert Shaw on Saturday. 

Authorities say he suffers from dementia and was last seen early Saturday morning in the rural Henning area, which is about 35 miles north of Alexandria. Shaw is believed to have walked away from his home. 


Law enforcement had asked residents of the Henning area to check their deer stands, outbuildings and other areas of their property for signs of the missing man. 

The round-the-clock search effort also included a large ground search made up of volunteers and 15-20 search and rescue dogs on Monday. 

Authorities Announce New Direction for Search of Missing Minnesota Man

On Monday evening, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office announced a decision to suspend the ground search. 

The announcement says authorities plan to “continue to pursue other investigative measures,” in the search effort. 

Shaw is described as approximately 5'10" and 160 pounds. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office is planning to provide an update on the search effort later this week.

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