Charges possible after family rescued from cornfield near Downer

Man walked into Dilworth police station, nearly 25 miles away
Search for family in cornfield near Downer, MN on July 29, 2022.
Search for family in cornfield near Downer, MN on July 29, 2022.(Valley News Live)
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 12:27 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 3:50 PM CDT
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DOWNER, Minn. (Valley News Live) - Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting says charges are possible after officials searched a cornfield looking for a mother and two children on Friday, July 29.

The search was initiated after a man walked into the Dilworth Police Department on the morning of July 29, saying his family was hiding in a cornfield, nearly 25 miles away. The man told police the family pulled into a field near Downer because they thought they were being chased.

The Sheriff’s Department, Minnesota State Patrol and other first responders responded the area of 120th Street and 90th Avenue South near Downer. They used K9s and drones to look for the rest of the family. The mother and two kids, under age 10, were found safe.

Police say they’re not sure if the family was actually being chased, saying it could just be an example of paranoia, and drug use is suspected.

Empting says he isn’t able to disclose what charges may be possible in the case. No one is in custody, but Empting says he believes the children are in protective custody.

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