Search for Eveleth native suspendedDan Zamlen has been missing since Sunday morning, when a phone call to a friend ended abruptly near the Mississippi River in St. Paul.
By: Sarah Horner, Duluth News Tribune
After three days of searching turned up nothing, St. Paul police said tonight they will suspend the active search for Daniel Zamlen of Eveleth, a University of St. Thomas student who disappeared early Sunday.
Police will continue to investigate the disappearance, but their day-to-day search won’t continue unless authorities get specific information about his possible whereabouts.
More than 500 St. Thomas students searched for Zamlen in a St. Paul neighborhood near the Mississippi River on Monday. Other friends and Virginia High School classmates plastered posters across the area where he went missing early Sunday in St. Paul.
A growing contingent of about 50 friends and family members from the Iron Range traveled to the Twin Cities to aid in the effort to find the University of St. Thomas freshman, who is believed to have been walking home from a party along the Mississippi River when he disappeared.
“We have just been walking down the streets talking to every business we can about what happened, handing out fliers. … We are just trying to get the word out,” said Britni Felix, a high school classmate of Zalmen’s who drove to the Twin Cities to join the search Monday.
So far, nobody has seen any sign of Zalmen, who turns 19 today.
“There’s been nothing … not a hat, not a wallet, not a piece of clothing, no sign of his cell phone. … It’s depressing,” Felix said.
After failing to turn anything up Monday, searchers decided to shift gears and start talking to people working and living in the area today.
“We just want to know if anybody saw anything or knows anything that could help,” said Craig Skalko, another former classmate of Zalmen’s from Virginia. He added that though everyone is trying to remain optimistic, it’s getting harder to hold on to hope.
“Right now we’re just trying to stay busy and keep working to find anything we can,” he said.
Courtney Anderson, another former classmate and friend of Zalmen’s family, said his family is grateful to have familiar faces from the Iron Range around.
“I think it’s helping a lot,” she said. “The family doesn’t know his friends from St. Thomas as well yet, so to see people that have known Dan since seventh grade down here helping is comforting.”