Massive Search For Missing Austin Man

November 07, 2017 07:12 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- An Austin man’s family is hoping for the best today … more than 24 hours after the 72-year-old went missing.

"The last information that the sheriff's office and the police department have had is that Mr. Hanson was spotted out in this area,” Chief Mower County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark May told us.


The location is just a few miles from downtown Austin, but the terrain is remote and wild, and on Tuesday it was the location of a massive search."

Around 6:45 Monday morning, Dennis Hanson's wife left their home in southeast Austin.

When she returned 90 minutes later, her husband was gone.

Police put out a call for help, and it resulted in information from a citizen that could be the strongest lead in the case yet.

"She believes she saw a person matching that description walking south on 540th avenue out by county road four" Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger said.

“We had a canine come in and track this area and it did pick up a scent in this area and then lost it" Chief Deputy Mark May added.

“The trail actually went cold at an in-drive on a field, south of the quarry,” said Police Chief Brian Krueger.

On Tuesday, the search intensified.

"We're trying to do a thorough search through the woods, different ravine areas, there is a quarry out in this area we're checking that out, we've got the fire department boat out,” Chief Mower County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark May told us. “We've got a state patrol helicopter up and a drone from Freeborn County."

Investigators say Dennis Hanson apparently does not suffer from an underlying medical condition.

If you have any information concerning his whereabouts, you’re asked to contact the Austin Police Department or the Mower County Sheriff’s Department


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