Advertisement

UPDATE: Police: Search is Over for Missing Rochester Man; His Body Found at Silver Lake Park

July 22, 2019 08:12 AM

(ABC 6 News) – A sad update about the search for the missing Rochester man. Rochester Police Department said that the body of 46-year-old Andrew Nevenheim has been found. Police told ABC 6 News that a little before 10:00 a.m. Sunday, an officer spotted Nevenheim’s body on the shoreline of Silver Lake. Nevenheim had been missing since Thursday night.

Rochester Police say they believe no crime has been committed in the death of Nevenheim and that this appears to be a tragic accident.

Advertisement

Search operations resumed Sunday morning at a different location nearly three days since Nevenheim went missing. When search crews came back to look for Nevenheim on Sunday, they moved their operations around the area of Silver Lake Park and Zumbro River. This new location is several miles downstream from Bear Creek in Southeast Rochester, the original spot where search crews were working on Saturday. The Rochester Fire Department boats were used to search from the water and officers were used to search from the shoreline.  

On Saturday, Rochester Police Department said they asked the help of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers in their search of Nevenheim. DNR boats and underwater devices were used in the search, combing the water for signs or any evidence of Nevenheim. Police also said they believe that Nevenheim went into the water but couldn’t not explain how or why, "We have to first determine in fact if they're in the water, and we don't know that 100 percent at this point. We feel pretty confident but we don't know that with 100 percent certainty," said Lt. Mike Sadauskis when ABC 6 News spoke to him on Saturday.

Nevenheim was last seen leaving his house Thursday night about 6:00 p.m.

A while later, his wife received a phone call, saying the dog had been found, but was alone. Her husband's bike was also found in the area near 7th Street SE and Bear Creek. They called police, who say Nevenheim didn't have any medical issues, and his wife said nothing seemed out of the ordinary when he left.

Authorities suspended their search Thursday night when a storm rolled in, but brought in a rescue boat, helicopter, drone and dogs to search the area again Friday, from Silver Lake to Bear Creek.

Previously, police said they do not believe foul play is involved, "We still do not believe that there is any foul play; we just do not know the total circumstances that may have caused him to deviate from the path he took last night," said Sadauskis of the Rochester Police Department.

On Friday, extreme heat, high water and strong currents posed a challenge for search and rescue crews throughout the day. The search ended just after 5 p.m. because of the conditions on the water.

Storms interrupted the searchers when they went back to the Bear Creek area on Saturday.  Crews worked to find Nevenheim until around 8:00 p.m. Saturday. DNR officers with their boats and underwater equipment continued helping Rochester police on Saturday.

Many agencies supported and assisted the police department over the weekend in trying to locate Mr. Nevenheim.  The agencies consisted of the Rochester Fire Department, Olmsted  County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Search and Rescue.  Scheels of Rochester also donated equipment that was used to help search for Mr. Nevenheim.  The Rochester Police Department is very appreciative of the support these agencies provided.

PREVIOUS STORY:

UPDATE:Sunday 10:00 a.m. Rochester police confirmed they have found the body of 46-year-old Andrew Nevenheim.

Police told ABC 6 News that a little before 10 a.m. Sunday an official spotted Nevenheim's body on the shoreline.

Nevenheim had been missing since Thursday night.

This is a developing situation, we will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

---

SATURDAY 2:30 p.m. Rochester Police say they continued search operations on Saturday for a man who went missing Thursday evening while out with his dog in SE Rochester.  Police say they will resume their search at around the same area they have been looking at Saturday morning.

FRIDAY 10 p.m.

A Rochester man is still missing Friday night, more than 24 hours after his disappearance.

Andrew Nevenheim, 46, was last seen leaving his house Thursday night about 6 p.m.

A while later, his wife received a phone call, saying the dog had been found, but was alone.

Her husband's bike was also found in the area near 7th Street SE and Bear Creek.

They called police, who say Nevenheim didn't have any medical issues, and his wife said nothing seemed out of the ordinary when he left.

"We still do not believe that there is any foul play; we just do not know the total circumstances that may have caused him to deviate from the path he took last night," said Lt. Mike Sadauskis of the Rochester Police Department.

Authorities suspended their search Thursday night when a storm rolled in, but brought in a rescue boat, helicopter, drone and dogs to search the area again Friday, from Silver Lake to Bear Creek.

"With each passing hour, we worry that maybe we aren't finding him soon enough," Sadauskis said Friday night. "In that water, even in a brief period, that the water can take your feet from out from underneath you. Then you are fighting with the current, and in some portions it gets deeper and then there is always the worry about debris in the water, that type of thing."

Extreme heat, high water and strong currents posed a challenge for search and rescue throughout the day.

The search ended just after 5 p.m. because of the conditions on the water.

It will resume Saturday morning.

----

Previous Story

UPDATE: 11:00 a.m. Rochester Police have identified the missing man as 46-year-old Andrew Nevenheim.  

Police said a preliminary investigation appears that Nevenheim was near the water Thursday evening and that while they are treating the incident as a missing person case they do say he may have drowned.

If you have any information on the possible location of Nevenheim you're asked to contact the Rochester Police Department at 507-328-6800.

---

Previous story:

Rochester police are searching for a man who went missing Thursday evening while out with his dog in SE Rochester. 

According to Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen, the 46-year-old man left his house around 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 with his dog. According to his family, that's normal for him. Around 6:30 p.m., the man's family got a call from someone saying they had found the dog alone. 

The man's wife went out to get the dog and then found her husband's bicycle on the 400 block of 7 Ave SE. The dog's leash and some tennis balls were nearby as well. 

The man's family searched for him for awhile and then called police around 8:45 p.m. 

Capt. Moilanen said investigators believe the man may have gone into the water. Several officers were called in to help including the Olmsted County Sherif's Office and a drone unit. 

As a storm came in, authorities suspended their search efforts. They picked back up Friday morning around 5:30. The search crews took a break later in the morning to maintain their equipment and plan to continue the search before noon Friday. 

Capt. Moilanen described the situation as a "tragedy" and went on to say that there is no foul play suspected and the man did not suffer from any mental health issues.

Capt. Moilanen is expected to release a picture and the name of the man later this morning. 

Anyone with information should contact the Rochester Police Department. 

KAAL-TV

Copyright 2019 - KAAL-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Read Stories

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement