The search for a missing Minto, North Dakota man resumed for a short time today, before the Sheriff shut it down.
55-year old Guy Miller is believed to have drowned in the Forest River, after his pickup was swept off a rural road near Minto on April 29th.
A worker on the scene says they are private contractors, who were hired by a "family connection" to resume the search for Guy Miller's body.
Miller's pickup now sits next to where it was pulled from the river. Inside, it's covered in the mud they're now searching at the bottom of the river.
A private contractor was using the bucket of that backhoe to very carefully dredge the bottom of this river, in an attempt to bring this tragic story to a close. Then, just an hour and a half after they started searching, Walsh County Sheriff, Loren Wild showed up at the scene to shut it down.
Wild says he was not aware the search had resumed and seemed visibly upset as he shut down operations.
Sheriff Loren Wild / Walsh County: "I'm not going to have any comment on this…"
Reporter: "The search is going to have to come through legal means… the Sheriff's Department?"
Sheriff Wild: "Well the search is going to have to continue, but we're to the point now we gotta have patience."
Wild says the search has remained active and he's planning another ground search for Miller's body, next Tuesday.
Sheriff Wild: "We'll we're gonna keep doing what we're doing… monitoring the river, looking to see if he's floating yet or is visible."
Sheriff Wild says besides a ground search team, he also plans to have search dogs on hand next Tuesday. It was simply made clear today that this search won't be conducted by private citizens.