Police: Snow Impeded Search for 21-Year-Old Man in Cloquet

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 02, 2019 10:58 AM

Cloquet Police say snow was a big reason it took so long to find the body of Dakotah Abramowski. 

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Multiple agencies were called in to help search for the 21-year-old, but police say the snow made it nearly impossible to find him.

"It was a pretty extensive investigation trying to find Dakotah and to try to bring him home," said Cloquet Police Commander Derek Randall. "After we were notified that he was a missing person, we searched a lot of these areas, we followed our department protocol, we worked with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehensions' Missing Persons Unit, we went so far as to notify Homeland Security to see if he had left the country," said Randall.

Abramowski's body was found in a neighborhood on Poplar Avenue more than a month after he was originally reported missing.

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The scene is less than 500 yards away from the apartment where police say one of Abramowski's family members lives.

Police say officers learned he had not been seen since leaving the apartment complex on Jan. 5. 

Randall says during the search for Abramowski, there was between two and three feet of snow on the ground, which he says hindered the process.

"Trying to search an area especially a field or a yard or a wooded area with that much snow on the ground at the time was very difficult, and we couldn't say with full confidence that we had covered those areas completely," said Randall.

It is not yet known why Abramowski's body was found where it was. Police are hoping toxicology results help shed some light on what happened to him.

"It's a tragedy any way you look at it. From a law enforcement standpoint, it's one of the hardest things that we do is having to notifiy families that they've lost a loved one," said Randall.

This is still an open investigation, and anyone with information about Abramowski's death is asked to call Cloquet Police Commander Derek Randall at 218-879-1247.


Ryan Juntti

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