Massive search efforts under way to find missing Grand Marais man

The search continues for a missing Grand Marais man, Paul Brandt, 82. Brandt went blueberry picking up the Gunflint Trail on Thursday afternoon and did not return home. He was picking blueberries in the area south of the U.S. Forest Service Seagull Guard Station. His vehicle was found in that vicinity.

Several items of personal property in the search area, but no credible evidence indicating his location, said Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk. 

The search has involved the use of helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, four search dogs and according to Sheriff Falk, "Many, many people."

The following agencies have assisted with the search efforts: 

Cook County Search and Rescue
Lake County Search and Rescue
St. Louis County Search and Rescue
Sawyer County Wisconsin Search and Rescue
Central Lakes Search and Rescue
Minnesota State Patrol
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
United States Forest Service
United States Border Patrol
Gunflint Volunteer Fire Department
Hovland Volunteer Fire Department
Colvill Volunteer Fire Department
Maple Hill Volunteer Fire Department
Grand Marais Volunteer Fire Department
Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department

Sheriff Falk said there has also been a tremendous number of civilian volunteers who have assisted the Cook County Sheriff's Office with this effort.