Search suspended for Vincent Mathiowetz due to heavy rains

Mankato Times

SLEEPY EYE, MINN. — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office reported that they are suspending the search and recovery efforts in the Vincent Mathiowetz missing person case due to heavy rains. Crews have been searching an area approximately 3 ½ miles south of Sleepy Eye on Highway 4 near the Cottonwood River.

The amount of rain that has been recorded in the area in the past few days has caused the Cottonwood River to rise 6.50 feet in the past four days. The river is currently at 12.08 feet, which is about the 11.00 foot flood stage level. The Cottonwood River is expected to remain about the 11.00 foot flood stage level for the next four days and then is expected to drop slightly over the next couple of day.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office reported that the river is currently running very fast and the current remains strong with boat navigation nearly impossible. They will continue to monitor river levels daily and resume the search and recovery efforts when the Cottonwood River has lowered and it is safe for personnel to return to the river.

73-year-old Vincent Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye has been reported missing since Sunday, June 3rd. His vehicle was located that day south of Sleepy Eye (approximately 3 ½ miles) at a boat landing on Highway 4 near the Cottonwood River. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red t-shirt, a blue and white flannel with brown work boots. Vincent wears glasses and a watch.

Any person with information about Vincent Mathiowetz should contact the Sleepy Eye Police Department 507-794-3711.

You can read the full initial report here.

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