Missing man found

Published 4:15 pm Saturday, November 21, 2009

Family have located the missing 34-year-old Hartland man who on Thursday drove a fertilizer truck into a swamp and then left the scene.

According to a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office release, Seth Joel Strusz was located around 6 p.m. Friday. He was approximately two miles north from the swamp, which was about two miles north of state Highway 13’s interchange with Interstate 90 on gravel 725th Avenue.

When he was found, he was cold and hungry, but in good physical condition, suffering only a cut to his right hand, the release stated. He had spent the night sleeping in a corn field.

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Strusz went missing around 3:50 p.m. Thursday.

According to the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, evidence at the scene indicated that Strusz had walked away from the truck and had crossed terrain that was agricultural as well as wooded and lowland.

A search of the area on Thursday, which included the use of a canine unit and helicopter equipped with infra red search capabilities was unable to locate Strusz at that time.

On Friday, more than 60 volunteers searched roads, ditches, waterways and buildings. The search by authorities was completed at about 3:30 p.m.

Family located the man about 2 1/2 hours after the search had ended.

The release states the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the volunteers who assisted in this search, including first responders from several area fire departments, the Salvation Army, REACT members and Freeborn County Emergency Management.