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'Vulnerable' adult who walked away with family member's dog, phone hasn't returned home

Authorities found footprints in a creek bed, but haven't been able to locate the man.
Dustin Sundin. 

Dustin Sundin. 

A 39-year-old man who walked away from a family member's home with her dog and cellphone has been missing for five days.

Dustin Sundin left his aunt's residence in Angora, Minnesota, just after 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. 

Sundin's aunt called authorities to say her nephew walked away with her cellphone and her dog, heading north along a creek bed near the home, the sheriff's office said. Deputies responded to the scene and found the aunt, who said the dog had returned — but that Sundin, with her cellphone, was still missing. 

Deputies looked in the area she said Sundin had headed and observed footprints in the creek bed, going north. 

Five days later, Sundin is still nowhere to be found. 

The sheriff's office said authorities conducted an "extensive search" Wednesday on land and through the air, via the county rescue squad, K-9s and drone teams.

He is considered a missing adult, and authorities are worried about his welfare. Sundin has a condition that requires him to walk with a cane. He also has a substance use disorder, authorities said. 

There is no sign of foul play at this time, but the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help locating Sundin. 

He's described as about 6 feet tall and 140 pounds, with a slender build. When last seen, he was wearing black sweat pants with a gray stripe, white shoes, a gray sweatshirt, and a blue-gray jacket with a hood. He also had a gray backpack.

Sundin has several tattoos, including one on the left side of his face showing a monster or serpent in red and black ink. 

Anyone who has seen or heard from Sundin is asked to call 911, or the non-emergency Dispatch number for St. Louis County: 218-742-9825.

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