Joe Brunn search enters Day 3: 'Together, we will find him'

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In the search for Joe Brunn, his pictures are as present as his spirit.

Friends, family and volunteers are hoping the third day is a lucky day in the search for Joe Brunn. Dozens of ATVs and horses joined a massive crowd of bright orange and yellow-clad volunteer searchers for a 10 a.m. departure Tuesday.

Brunn, 23, of Monticello, Minn, was last seen leaving Boondox Bar and Grille in Otsego, Minn. 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.

Search dogs were out working the area at daybreak Tuesday, prior to the volunteer effort. Volunteers are welcome to join the search up until 5:30 p.m., with the final search continuing until dark or until Brunn is found.

“The outpouring of help to find Joe is nothing short of amazing,” said a post on the Help Find Joe Brunn Facebook page. “Together, we will find him.”

A $10,000 reward has been offered to help bring Joe home. A GoFundMe campaign to help support the search effort has raised more than $14,000. You can contribute at

What you need to know to join the search

Search headquarters is at the Holiday Inn (9200 Quaday Ave NE, Otsego, MN 55330).

Wear bright, reflective clothing (preferably bright orange).

When you arrive at the hotel, look for the volunteer table to sign-in.

If you have an ATV, your help is needed.

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

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