More volunteers needed as search for missing Savage man continues


Volunteers are planning another search to find a Savage man who has been missing since Nov. 7.

United Legacy, with assistance from the city of Savage, has been organizing search efforts to find 39-year-old Martise Windom, who is believed to have left his home on foot, the city says.

The nonprofit, which has organized daily search efforts since mid-November, has another search planned for Thanksgiving Day. And Deanna Villella, the co-founder of United Legacy, told the Savage Pacer she hopes more people will come out to help in the effort to find the missing father.

Villella expects their ground searches of the Savage area to be complete by this weekend, but because winter is getting closer they need all the help they can get, the paper says.

United Legacy is also raising money through a GoFundMe page to help with the effort. According to a post on Facebook, the nonprofit has raised enough to hire a helicopter to conduct an aerial search, a sonar boat, and purchase items for searchers.

Windom, youth basketball coach in Lakeville, has missed practices and games since he disappeared, with police noting his family is concerned about his health.

The Savage Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the case, and currently they say there is no sign of foul play, the Savage Pacer reports.

As of Wednesday, there's no leads as to where he might be, the paper says.

Windom is black, 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs 240 pounds. Anyone with information about where he may be is asked to call the Savage Police Department at 952-882-2600.

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