Grand Rapids, MN (KROC-AM News)- Update 5-26 6:50 a.m. The Minnesota BCA says 43-year-old John Elis and 68-year-old Debra Hagenbuck were both found safe.

Previous Version: The Minnesota BCA has issued separate missing person alerts for two people in northern Minnesota.

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The first alert was issued shortly before 4:30 p.m. and the second came in shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Both alerts involve residents of Itasca County. 

The BCA says 43-year-old John Elis was last seen walking through a yard in Bovey, MN, which is about seven miles west of Grand Rapids. Officials say he was wearing a white T-shirt and light-colored pants. 

He’s described as white, 6’2”, 220 pounds, brown hair and hazel eyes. His destination is unknown and he was reported missing on Sunday. 

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The BCA says 68-year-old Debra Hagenbuck was last seen on foot near Walmart in Grand Rapids around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. She’s described as white 5’10”, 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt and jean shorts. 

Her destination is also unknown. The BCA is asking anyone with knowledge of Elis’s or Hagenbuck’s whereabouts to contact the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office or 911.

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As of March 16, 2023, there are 25 children missing from across Minnesota that have still not been found, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. If you have seen any of them, or have any information on their whereabouts, please don’t hesitate to call 911 or you can call the National Center at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST).


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