The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office is back in the Windsor area continuing a search that began Monday for a man described as mentally unstable, according to Chad Kaiser, county sheriff.
The search for Gage Laper, 20, Lakeland, Minn., is continuing after being interrupted by a pursuit and search involving another individual in the same area Thursday morning.
Kaiser said a pursuit began overnight in the Windsor area for a man wanted on warrants from Florida. The subject's vehicle became stuck in a pasture near Exit 248 off of Interstate 94 Wednesday night. When officers approached the vehicle at daylight Thursday, they found it abandoned. The sheriff's office issued a "BOLO," or "be on the lookout," alert to residents in the Windsor and Eldridge area at 8:02 a.m.
Law enforcement officers were later informed the subject had caught a ride into Jamestown. He was taken into custody at the My Place Hotel without incident.
The man taken into custody, Quentin Miller, 30, is in the Stutsman County Correctional Center facing charges including felony auto theft from Florida and local charges resulting from fleeing officers.
Kaiser said officers then returned to the Windsor area to continue the search for Laper that began Monday.
Laper is a white male, 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a tie-dyed shirt, jeans and a black jacket with a floral pattern.
"We're back searching," Kaiser said. "We have no reason to believe he is not in the area."
The search Monday located Laper's car and on Wednesday his cellphone was found along a fence line in the search area. Kaiser said they had no idea why Laper had traveled to the Windsor area or where he went after his car became stuck.
"We have a concern for his welfare," he said. "We need to know he is OK."
Efforts Thursday included an aerial search utilizing a drone and five officers on UTVs searching through the area.