Body found in search for owner of beloved West Fargo diner


The search for a missing father, who owned a beloved West Fargo diner with his wife, was ended after the discovery of a body in a car.

Timothy Hagensen, who operates TNT's Diner, was last seen around 3 p.m. Wednesday. His family reported him missing about seven hours later after nobody had heard from him, the West Fargo Police Department said.

His disappearance led to a large search Thursday, with 150 family members and friends turning out to look through the region, Valley Niews Live reports.

But just before 4 p.m., officials found a truck registered to Hagensen, with a dead male matching his description inside, the Grand Forks Herald reports. Foul play is not suspected.

Hagensen and his wife, Tammy Hagensen, operated TNT's Diner with an eye toward "old-fashioned, homestyle food at its finest," the West Fargo Pioneer wrote in 2008.

Facebook users generally raved about the food and atmosphere.

Tom Hanks and his family swung by one day in 2012, with the Oscar-winner apparently allured by the biscuits and gravy, The Forum reported.

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