Family looks to public in search for missing kayaker

- The family of a missing kayaker extended their pleas to the public for help in the search on Saturday during a press conference.

Vue Her went missing while kayaking on the St. Croix river on July 12, around 8 p.m. That evening, Her’s kayak was found on the Wisconsin side of the river, with vehicle keys and a tackle box inside. His vehicle was also located at Interstate Park in Taylor’s Falls.

Her’s family said he is an experienced kayaker, and a strong swimmer. Every year, Her and his brother went kayaking together on the St. Croix. This was the first time Her had gone by himself.

“We want to ask you, the public, if you know anything about his whereabouts, if you have heard anything or seen anything,” Her’s brother said on Saturday.

Ground, water and air searches by departments in Wisconsin and Minnesota have been underway since Her’s disappearance. The Chisago County sheriff’s office continues to search both ground and the river.

The sheriff’s office said the popularity of the St. Croix River at this time of year makes the search all the more crucial. Authorities are asking people to keep an eye out for pink and green fishing poles that were missing from Her’s kayak.

Her is described as an Asian man, standing 5 feet tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds. He is 49 years old. He was last seen wearing a dark grey polo and blue jeans.

The Chisago County sheriff’s office does not suspect foul play.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakdale Police department, or the Chisago County sheriff’s Office.

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