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Man at large near Wallingford

By Staff | Sep 11, 2020

The Emmet County Sheriff's Department, Iowa State Patrol and other agencies were looking for a suspect between Wallingford and Graettinger along Highway 4 Thursday afternoon. Photo by David Swartz

UPDATE: the subject has been apprehended, per an announcement from the Sheriff’s office Friday at 2:30 p.m.

A person remains at large in Emmet County following a search south of Wallingford on Thursday. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, a sheriff’s deputy in the 2400 block of Highway Four observed southbound U-Haul with a car dolly attached that matched the description of a vehicle possibly involved in a hit and run traffic accident in Estherville minutes earlier. Upon initiating a traffic stop on the vehicle, the vehicle turned onto 250th Street where the driver jumped from the moving vehicle into the west roadside ditch and fled on foot into a wooded area and adjacent corn field. An extensive search of the area was conducted for several hours utilizing drone aircraft, tracking dogs and MART (Multi Agency Response Team) but the suspect was not located. Further investigation determined that the U-haul had been reported stolen on September 8th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The suspect is described as a white male age 30-40 years of age, wearing a black Carhartt style coat, dark green Carhart style pants with shoulder length dark brown hair. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public to contact the sheriff’s office at 712-362-2639 with any information in regard to the incident. The Multi-Agency Response Team consists of the Emmet County, Palo Alto and Kossuth County Sheriff’s Offices, Algona, Emmetsburg and West bend Police Departments and Emmet County Conservation. Also assisting at the scene was the Estherville, Spencer, and Britt Police Departments, Clay and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Offices, Dickinson and Emmet County Emergency Management Directors, the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Investigation into the matter is continuing.