Massive morning search for missing man near Otsego, Minn.

- A large group of volunteers joined Wright County deputies and mounted patrols Monday morning to search for missing man Joe Brunn in the Otsego, Minn. and Elk River, Minn. areas. Brunn, 23, of Monticello, Minn, was last seen leaving Boondox Bar and Grille in Otsego around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Oct. 3.

Brunn left behind his car and was last seen walking from the bar toward a cornfield. On Sunday, family and friends searched the cornfield and the banks of the nearby Mississippi River with no luck.

“It's just the worst nightmare,” one volunteer said. “Joe's a great family guy. 100 percent plugged into everything that family does, so for him to not report in or check in is unheard of."

Help find Joe

Brunn was wearing black/grey dress pants, a light blue button-up shirt, black belt and black dress shoes. He's 5’8, 200 pounds. Police are asking residents in the Otsego, Elk River, and Monticello to check around their property.

How to help if you can’t join the search

Donations of water, sports drinks, pre-made sandwiched and baked goods for the search team would be greatly appreciated. Searchers have been gathering at the Holiday Inn in Otsego. Updates are being posted on the Help Find Joe Brunn Facebook page

Brunn's mother has set up a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of the search. The family has already raised $14,000 in less than 24 hours. 

Anyone with information that could help find Joe Brunn is asked to call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 763-682-1162.


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