UPDATE: Detroit Lakes Police say MN Trooper’s efforts made a life-saving difference in finding missing woman

Woman reported missing from Detroit Lakes, MN on Wednesday, December 7.
Woman reported missing from Detroit Lakes, MN on Wednesday, December 7.(DL Police)
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 4:56 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 8:14 PM CST
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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (Valley News Live) - Update 8:00 PM: Detroit Lakes Police say a Minnesota State Trooper’s efforts made a life-saving difference in finding a missing woman with dementia.

Authorities say Trooper Mike Lundeen heard the radio traffic about the missing woman and came in to Detroit Lakes to help without being asked. He assisted officers with double checking the building the missing woman had left from and the surrounding parking areas.

When that was finished, Lundeen got a feeling he should look for footprints south of the starting point. Something caught his eye near Madison Ave. and North Shore Drive.

As he got closer, it was a set of footprints that just didn’t seem right. Lundeen got out of his squad and followed them between some houses. He wasn’t sure if they belonged there or not.

He eventually found they went out onto the lake ice and headed west. He found an area where it appeared the person leaving the footprints had fallen down, the tracks continued west as far as he could see.

He went back to his car and drove several houses west, got out and went to the lake and picked up the tracks again. The sun was going down fast, temps were in the single digits and dropping.

Lundeen kept following the tracks and said he heard something, he looked towards where the noise was and he found our missing woman.

She was cold, laying on the rip rap shoreline. Lundeen huddled with her, called for help, held her cold hands in his to try to warm her up while they waited for the cavalry.

The cavalry arrived and completed the rescue, the woman was transported by EMS to the Emergency Room. Lundeen was frozen too by the way. He got to a warm car and resumed his shift.

Detroit Lakes Police say there are numerous people to thank for helping find this woman. They are especially thankful for Trooper Lundeen.

Without him being in that place at that time, following that “feeling”, and sticking with it through the cold and the snow, the missing woman would not have been found.

Update 5:30 PM: A MN State Patrol Trooper on foot found the woman along the lake shoreline in the 400 block of North Shore Drive. She has been taken to the emergency room for evaluation and treatment.

Original story: The Detroit Lakes Police Department is looking for a woman who was reported missing on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say she left the 1400 block of Madison Avenue at 1:35 p.m. Officials say the woman has dementia and was wearing a unique brimmed hat shown in the surveillance pictures below.

Authorities did not share the woman’s name, but the surveillance photos are from The Cottages, which is a memory care facility in Detroit Lakes. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please call Becker County Dispatch immediately at 218-847-2661.

Surveillance photos of hat missing woman was wearing.
Surveillance photos of hat missing woman was wearing.(DL Police)