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Boy, 6, goes missing near Biwabik

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I heard the sirens last night while coaching a soccer game in Biwabik and wondered what could be going in a little town.

Boy, 6, goes missing near Biwabik

Duluth News Tribune

Published Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A 6-year-old boy was reported missing from his home south of Biwabik on Monday night, said Robin McCauley, first lieutenant with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

The boy, who lives at 4268 Vermilion Trail, also known as County Road 4, was reported missing at 6 p.m. Both the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue Squad were searching for the boy.

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I heard the sirens last night while coaching a soccer game in Biwabik and wondered what could be going in a little town.

Boy, 6, goes missing near Biwabik

Duluth News Tribune

Published Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A 6-year-old boy was reported missing from his home south of Biwabik on Monday night, said Robin McCauley, first lieutenant with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

The boy, who lives at 4268 Vermilion Trail, also known as County Road 4, was reported missing at 6 p.m. Both the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue Squad were searching for the boy.


I hope they find him. Have they found that girl from Chisolm yet??

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Sounds like they found him safe a sound. Not many details right now but he is safe.

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Great to hear, I can see how easily this could happen.

My 4 year old sometimes starts to follow the dog around in the woods and gets "turned around", even in our small woods.

I'll bet the family is beyond relief.

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Great news that he is ok and found.

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Six-year-old Jacob Lee Lagerquist was found alive and well this afternoon about three-quarters of a mile north of his house on St. Louis County Highway 4 after being missing for 21 hours.

Lagerquist was found in the woods at about 3:30 p.m. by a volunteer from nearby Biwabik.

Jacob was quickly reunited with his parents and then was checked by paramedics but appeared fine.

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Minutes later Ted Lagerquist carried Jacob in his arms to the end of the family’s driveway to meet with reporters.

It was the happy ending that everyone was hoping for but not even the father was expecting.

“Praise the lord!’’ Ted Lagerquist said. “I expected the worst. God bless everybody… It’s been a tough 24 hours for us.’’

Jacob said he spent the night “out in the woods. I was sleeping out there,’’ the six year old told reporters. Search officials said temperatures dropped to about 45 degrees overnight and that hypothermia and exposure were a concern.

Jacob was found by Tim Baldonado of Biwabik Township, a volunteer who has a child the same age as Jacob. He was searching in a group of 10 volunteers and first saw the boy hugging a small tree about 25 feet away.

“He was standing next to a tree. I was calling his name, and he called ‘Mommy’,’’ Baldonado said. “He asked me if I knew his mom and his dad.’’

Baldonado said he hugged the boy and quickly carried him out to a nearby road. The boy was found about 25 feet off a road, with dense underbrush in between.

More than 100 people had been looking for Lagerquist since he went missing just after 6 p.m. Monday night. The family lives about seven miles south of Biwabik, or about 60 miles north of Duluth.

Searchers had been combing through swamps, thick woods and dense underbrush.

“You have thick areas, open areas, rivers and swamps. And the swamps are horrendous,’’ St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman said just hours before the boy was found.

Heather Kothbauer of Superior, Jacob’s cousin, joined the search with her husband, Jeff, early Tuesday. She said the family was thankful for the outpouring of support.

“He’s an outgoing, curious, 6-year-old boy,’’ she said. “The number of searchers is just great.’’

Jacob lives with his parents, Ted and Missy Lagerquist, a younger sister, and Ted Lagerquist’s parents.

Josh Larson, who lives about five miles from the Lagerquists, joined the search about noon.

“I have a lot of nephews the same age,” Larson said. He and seven other searchers spaced themselves 30 feet apart and walked about a mile.

“There were lots of little ponds, lots of old junk cars back there — lots of places he could be,” said Larson, who is taller than six feet, was wet to his knees.

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It was a relief to hear the outcome has a happy ending.

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Thank God.

I hate it when "missing person" is in the post title. We're still missing our friend that I posted about on the hunting forum. frown.gif This is the third one I know about since joining HSO and the first to be found safe.

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Wow, I guess me and Junior will be having a little more of a serious talk tonight about following the dog into the woods. To see that was the reason he went missing sent a little chill down my spine.

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My brother and I as kids went into the woods one spring because we could hear frogs. I was 6, he was 4. We spent a good part of the day chasing frogs. Came home after several hours to find the neighbors and the St Louis Co. Sheriff at our house grin.gif. We got our (Contact Us Please) kicked by my old man in front of the sheriff. This was the early 1970's when parents could still do that

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I hope they find him. Have they found that girl from Chisolm yet??


If you are talking about Leanna (Beaner) Warner? No sign of her at all.

Good to hear this one had a happy ending!!

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