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UPDATE: Man's Body Found Near Bemidji

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 From the Bemidji Police Department:

 The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed that the body recovered from Lake Irving on May 16th was that of Matthew Charles Pulis, age 31. The cause of death has been determined as drowning.

 Mr. Pulis was last seen during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 20th, 2012 in the downtown area of Bemidji. At that time, the Bemidji Police Department conducted a 200 block, door to door search of the area between the last point Matt Pulis was seen and his residence. The shoreline of Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving were search on foot, by boat and air. The aerial search included over the 500 acres of low land west of the city. The Police Department was assisted in these searches by the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota BCA, United States Border Patrol, Bemidji Citizens Patrol, Headwaters Violent Crimes Task Force and the Minnesota State Patrol.

 The Bemidji Police Department thanks all law enforcement agencies and the public for their assistance in this investigation.  We wish to express our condolences to the Pulis family.

 As the investigation continues the Bemidji Police Department urges anyone with any information to contact the Bemidji Police Department at 218-333-9111.ORIGINAL STORY




 From the Bemidji Police Department:

On May 16th, 2013 the Bemidji Police Department partnered with the Minnesota State Patrol to perform a follow-up aerial search for the body of Matthew Pulis who went missing in October of 2012. The search area focused on the lakes and grassy areas that border the west edge of the city. During that search an object was spotted in the water approximately 100 yards of shore in the northwest corner of Lake Irving.

At approximately 2:00 pm the Bemidji Police Department recovered the body of an adult male from the waters of Lake Irving.

The body will be sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for positive identification as well as a determination of cause and manner of death.

The Bemidji Police Department was assisted by the Bemidji Fire Department, Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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