Search continues for missing man

BROWN COUNTY — Authorities and four search and rescue dogs continued to search the Cottonwood River, the shoreline and on land Tuesday for a missing 73-year-old Sleepy Eye man.

“We’re continuing search efforts Wednesday (June 6), said Brown County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Seidl. “All the dogs pointed to the water. We’re looking at adding different underwater detection equipment like 360 (degree imaging) sonar. We’ll see what we can get.”

Seidl said Sleepy Eye Fire Department personnel were part of the Tuesday search efforts.

Strong river currents, low water visibility and river debris are hampering search and recovery efforts.

Sleepy Eye Police received a missing person report from Mathiowetz’ family at 12:13 p.m. June 3. The report was relayed to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) dispatch center and other area law enforcement agencies.

Mathiowetz’ vehicle was located near the Cottonwood River bridge landing near Highway 4, about 3 miles south of Sleepy Eye June 3. Police searched the area while the BCSO set up a search-and-rescue operation.

North Star International K9 Search & Recovery added several dogs to search efforts June 4, including a German Shepherd Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever and poodle mix) and Golden-doodle (Golden Retriever and poodle cross), as search efforts continued most intensively a half mile east and west of the Highway 4 bridge over the Cottonwood River.

Mathiowetz was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red t-shirt, a blue-and-white flannel shirt and brown work boots. He wears glasses and a watch.