Skip to main content

Update: Man missing from Grand Rapids area found

He was last seen leaving his home on a bicycle.

Update: The Itasca County Sheriff's Office Monday afternoon said 36-year-old Benjamin John Panchyshyn was found "safe and sound," but provided no other details about the situation.

You can read the original story from Monday morning below.

Original story

A 36-year-old from northern Minnesota is missing, and local authorities are asking for helping finding him.

The Itasca County Sheriff's Office says Benjamin John Panchyshyn was last seen around 6 p.m. Saturday. At that time, he left his residence on N. Sugar Lake Trail - a small road tucked between Pokegama Lake and Siseebakwet Lake, and located just outside Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Panchyshyn was apparently riding a bright blue Jamis Roughneck, a type of fat-tired mountain bike, at the time he left his home. He was wearing gray sweatpants and a black wind jacket with "UNW" on it.

The sheriff's office has not offered any other details about the circumstances of his disappearance, but are asking for the public's help locating him.

If anyone has any information, or has seen Panchyshyn, they're asked to call the Itasca County Sheriff's Office at 218-326-3477.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.

crime scene tape - police tape

23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth

A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.

white Christmas

2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country

The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 8.27.12 AM

St. Olaf football player charged after fatal crash in Chicago

The 18-year-old is accused of speeding and going the wrong way when he crashed into a vehicle that may have been attempting to flee police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 7.41.18 AM

Woman 34 weeks pregnant injured by drunk driver in Cottage Grove

The 49-year-old suspected of DUI was booked into jail around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.


2 dead, 5 injured in Thanksgiving Day crash near Alexandria

The crash involved two people from Alexandria and five from Bloomington.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 6.44.11 PM

Lengthy standoff in Prior Lake ends late Friday night

The suspect allegedly assaulted an officer outside Kwik Trip, fled and broke into a home.

snow - 12-10-21 - Joe Nelson - 5

Accumulating snow possible in Twin Cities next week

The storm system could arrive in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe.

Target store snow

With Black Friday barely underway, Target reveals Cyber Monday deals

Plans for the two-day sale were revealed Friday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 9.37.25 AM

Man waves replica assault weapon at drivers in downtown Minneapolis

The alarming incident was spotted by the new MPD chief, Brian O'Hara.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 9.29.58 AM

Extremely drunk driver arrested in Chaska

The driver was more than four times the legal limit.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 8.21.21 AM

Stillwater police looking for suspect who stole vehicle with 1-year-old inside

The suspect abandoned the vehicle with the child still inside just 5 minutes after the theft.


Aaron Boyd Waller

Sheriff: Man hasn't been seen or heard from since May 10

He was last seen near Cohasset, a small town west of Grand Rapids.

Jeremiah Eliapo Uti

Authorities find body of missing 29-year-old in northern Minnesota

The man was reported missing on Sunday, Sept. 27.

Screen Shot 2020-09-22 at 9.01.27 AM

Search teams find body of Minnesota man reported missing

Timothy Alan Dasovich was first reported missing earlier this month.

becker missing person

Update: Missing 82-year-old man found safe

He was last seen Sunday and did not return home. He was found safe on Monday.