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Fond du Lac Band searches for missing man

A search was underway Wednesday morning on the Fond du Lac Reservation for a 31-year-old Native American man last seen and heard from on Friday.

Peter Michael Martin is considered a missing person, according to a Fond du Lac Band news release. A search and rescue effort began at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, March 13, using police and volunteers combing the Mahnomen neighborhood.

The search-and-rescue effort was being coordinated out of the Brookston Community Center at 8200 Belich Road in Cloquet.

Additional volunteers are needed to help with the search and rescue effort, a tribal spokesperson said, and can appear at the center for details on how to help. Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

"We're working closely with the Fond du Lac Police Department and respecting the wishes of the family to bring Peter home," said Caleb Dunlap, Band spokesperson.

At the request of family and authorities, Dunlap declined to get into specifics.

The news release described Martin as approximately 5-foot-10, 185 pounds with dark brown eyes. He also has a small scar on his forehead and a number of tattoos across his left and right arms, shoulders and chest.

Martin lives within the Mahnomen neighborhood, which is why authorities chose to start the search there. He was last seen at his home.

If anyone has seen Martin or has any information on his whereabouts, call 911, the Fond du Lac Police Department, 218-878-8040, or the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, 218-726-2340.