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PD: Dennis Hanson Spotting Appears to be a Case of Mistaken Identity

November 09, 2017 04:11 PM

(ABC 6 News) - There will be a community meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Austin to organize a search on Saturday, Nov. 11 for Dennis Hanson.

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Thursday the Austin Police Department said an earlier tip that 72-year-old Dennis Hanson was possibly spotted walking along the area of 540th Ave. and County Road 4 on Monday appears to be a case of mistaken identity.

According to a press release, a detective with the police department received a call from a 63-year-old man who lives in the area saying he was on his daily walk around 8 a.m. Monday morning and was wearing a green jacket.

Earlier in the week police said a motorist reported seeing someone who matched Hanson's description in that area around 8 a.m. Monday.  Hanson's wife had told police he may have been wearing a teal-colored jacket.

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It’s now been more than 48 hours since a 72-year-old Austin man disappeared.

And investigators are asking farmers, hunters, and others to be on-the-lookout … especially in the rural area south of Austin where the man is believed to have been seen last.

“At this time we do not have a specific area to look for Mr. Hanson," Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger said.

It was 6:45 Monday morning when Dennis Hanson's wife left their homer in southeast Austin. When she returned 90 minutes later, her husband was gone.

Police put out a call for help from the public, and a motorist reported seeing someone who matched Dennis Hanson's description in the area of County Road 4 south of Austin.

That was around 8 o’clock Monday morning.

“Mr. Hanson does walk with a slight gait, and they said they observed this individual walking with a slight gait so it's very reliable" Mower County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Mark may be said.

On Tuesday the search for Dennis Hanson was expanded.

“We did contact Austin Fire. They were willing to search the quarry, which is filled with water, with a boat. We were able to contact Freeborn county who has a drone. State Patrol also provided a helicopter” Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger told ABC6.

Other than a bloodhound that picked-up a scent and then lost it at a field in-drive ... there was no sign of Dennis Hanson.

But police believe someone might know something ... the distance between the area where the bloodhound detected a scent and Dennis Hanson's home is five miles.

"It would have been difficult for him to walk five miles in an hour and 15 minutes, that's if he would have left the residence as soon as the wife left,” Police Chief Brian Krueger said. “And so we believe it's possible that was him, he may have got a ride part way to make it that far from his residence in that time frame."

Anyone with information concerning Dennis Hanson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Austin Police Department or Mower County Sheriff’s Department.


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