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Update: Body Found During Search in Pennington County

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  A St. Hilaire, Minnesota, family is grieving. A body believed to be that of Tom O'Hara was found just one mile west of his St. Hilaire trailer home.

  O'Hara disappeared August 8 after walking out of  the house, following an argument with his fiance. He was suffering from leukemia and taking several medications at the time.

  Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia tells Valley News Live that several law enforcement agencies helped search and found the body at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon in a bean field near his home.

Tammy Joseph, O'Hara's Fiance: "I just want to thank everyone that looked for him."

Reporter: "Do you think his medication may have got the best of him?"

Joseph: "I think possibly. I think maybe he tripped and fell. Something."

Reporter: "Are you worried about where you go from here? You have a big family here."

Joseph: "Yeah, I am. It's stressful."

  O'Hara is survived by his fiance, a daughter and four step children.

  His body was taken to UND's Pathology Department to determine positive identification and cause of death. Investigators say there were no weapons found at the scene.


  Authorities and the family of a missing northern Minnesota man are asking for help in finding him.

  Tom O'Hara of St. Hilaire has now been missing for nearly two weeks. He's six feet tall, 170 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. O'Hara was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt.

   O'Hara lives at a St. Hilaire trailer park with his daughter, four step-children and fiance, Tammy Joseph. He hadn't been working. He was on disability, suffering from leukemia, when he disappeared. 

Tammy Joseph, Fiance: "Tom had leukemia twice. Once in 2008 and once in 2011, when he had a bone marrow transplant."

Reporter: "Was he suffering from depression?"

Joseph: "I think possibly, but he wouldn't get help, so…"

  Tammy says it was August 8 around 4 o'clock on a Thursday afternoon when she got into a bit of a fight with Tom. Tom took off walking across a field back there and it's the last time he was seen."

Tammy Joseph: "I looked everywhere."

Reporter: "Had he ever taken off before?"

Joseph: "Yeah, he did once in October for two days. He said 'Babe, I just need a couple days to myself.' He said 'I'll always come back, though. I just need a couple days to clear my head.' "

  A Pennington County Deputy says foul play is not suspected. He says they're hoping media exposure will lead to some tips on O'Hara's whereabouts.

  Anyone with information is asked to call the Pennington County Sheriff's Department at: 218-681-6161

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