Fargo police need help finding a missing man

Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 8:47 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE 10/03/2020 3:34 P.M. Officers and detectives continued their search for 80-year-old Robert McKinnon.

They conducted an additional drone and ground search and followed up on tips from the public. Detectives also did further analysis of the surveillance video from Love’s Travel Stop and have concluded the man that was thought to be McKinnon is likely someone else, and police are no longer looking for the Lincoln Town Car.

Officials say the physical description and clothing between the two men was almost identical, but there were subtle differences that indicated the man from Love’s was likely not Mr. McKinnon.

Over the past 24 hours, Police and Fire personnel have completed a search within an approximately 4-square mile area beginning with the care facility. In addition, all bodies of water and drainage ditches in that area have been checked with the help of Fargo Fire and volunteers from Valley Water Rescue. Police are sharing a map of the completed search area with the public.

Police will continue to follow up on any tips from the public as they come in and ask everyone to continue to keep an eye out for McKinnon, and to please check your properties, including garages, sheds, vehicles, campers, and outbuildings, even if you live within the completed search area.

If you have any information that would help our investigation, please call our tip line at 701.241.5777. If you think you’ve spotted McKinnon, please call 911.

UPDATE 10/02/2020 3:17 P.M.: Fargo Police have completed a grid search with the help of the Fargo Fire Department and Red River Valley Water Rescue.

Detectives viewed footage from 5:09 P.M. Thursday night of Robert at the Love’s Truck Stop.

They are asking businesses around Love’s for security footage.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Fargo Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing senior citizen.

Authorities are looking for 80-year-old Robert McKinnon. He is described as 5′7″ with gray hair and glasses.

McKinnon was last seen wearing a black baseball hat and a black & white plaid shirt.

He was last seen Thursday night in the 4500 block of 36th Avenue South in Fargo at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Robert has mobility issues and may not recognize is surroundings. He has no access to a vehicle.

If you come in contact with Robert, please call Red River Regional Dispatch at 701-451-7660.

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