CREIGHTON, Neb. — A canine unit has been brought into the search for a Creighton, Nebraska, man reported missing since last Friday.
Knox County Sheriff Don Henery told the Press & Dakotan that the dogs were brought in Monday and came from a South Dakota department.
Leroy Doerr was last seen around 6 p.m. Friday at his farm east of Creighton. Since then, family and friends have had no contact with him. An Endangered Missing Advisory was activated as Doerr reportedly suffers from memory loss and has a history of medical conditions that can place him in danger.
Doerr is described as a 53-year-old white male, 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He has gone without his medication since he was last seen.
Law enforcement agencies, first responders and volunteers teamed up to conduct the search through the weekend. Doerr wasn’t located, but the search found footprints in a cornfield near his house. As a result, the search focused on the cornfield.
More than 50 volunteers searched the cornfield, which contains 1,040 rows of corn. Volunteers walked three rows apart.
The weekend search took to the sky. On Saturday, the Nebraska State Patrol helicopter flew over a four-mile radius of Doerr’s house. In addition, drones were used from multiple agencies.
On Monday afternoon, volunteers were sought to continue the search. The request asked for anyone physically able to walk up to 3 miles to gather 4 1/2 miles east of Creighton at 3:45 p.m.
Henery told the Knox County News that foul play is not suspected in Doerr’s disappearance. Doerr’s phone and personal items remain at his house, as do all vehicles, the sheriff said.
The cornstalks created problems in seeing the ground, which hindered the search, Henery told the News.
Doerr has been without his medication since he was reported missing, the sheriff added.
The participating agencies in the search have included the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Creighton Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Creighton Fire Department, Plainview Fire Department, Wausa Fire Department, Pierce Fire Department and Nebraska Game & Parks.
In addition, the search party has included family, friends and neighbors.
Anyone with information about Doerr or his whereabouts should contact 911 or the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at (402) 288-4261.
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