Missing Sleepy Eye man found

SLEEPY EYE — A 70-year-old Sleepy Eye man reported missing since Dec. 15 was found safe Jan. 9, according to an immediate family member.

Grant Friton was reported missing and last seen at the Sioux Falls, S.D. Veteran’s Administration Hospital. He was driving an early 2000 maroon Ford Expedition, according to a missing persons report. He was reported found safe and ok, according to Facebook posts Jan. 9.

“Update. Dad has been found safe and is okay,” Mike Friton posted on Facebook Jan. 9. “Thanks for al the prayers, shares and calls. We now ask for privacy as our family gets back together.”

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your help,” posted Jamie Krzmarzick Jan. 9. “We can not express our appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers and shares enough. Hug your families tight and tell them you love them as we will be busy doing the same.”

Sleepy Eye Police Chief Matt Andres said Friton’s missing person report posted on Facebook that were also posted by KEYC Channel 12, KELO TV in Sioux Falls really helped spread the message around about him being missing.

Before long, Facebook responses about Friton were posted from Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and as far away as Indiana and Oklahoma.

“The family asked that no more information be made public about it,” Andres said.

Friton’s missing person report was also posted on Facebook by Minnesota United, which posts information on missing persons including photos, names, ages, the date they went missing and police departments where missing persons reports were filed, police department phone numbers and any other details regarding human disappearances.

Minnesota United reports it has more than 23,000 followers.

“Our goal since we began almost five years ago was to spread awareness, help plan and execute searches and offer support to those who go missing, and their loved ones in Minnesota.

“We are so thankful for each and every one of our followers,” Minnesota United posted. “From those who help with searches, alert us to new cases, and those who click and share to spread the word. You make Minnesota United the strong organization it is today.”

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.