Skip to main content

Search for missing teen continues with major operation in Eagan park

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Authorities will conduct a major search of a 94-acre park in Eagan as they look for signs of missing teenager Elijah David Buchanan.

The 19-year-old left his home following a disturbance involving his family on Nov. 28 and hasn't been seen since, according to WCCO.

On Saturday, members of the Dakota County Special Operations team – made up of police, fire and EMS workers – will carry out a "grid-like search" of Patrick Eagan Park, the Pioneer Press reports.

Buchanan is believed to have been heading toward the park on the night of his disappearance and authorities have already searched it once using the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, but tomorrow's operation will be the first on foot.

"At this point, we're looking for additional evidence related to the case," police spokeswoman Desiree Schroepfer told the Pioneer Press. "It's a very expansive area."

The Eagan Police Department said Buchanan was not dressed for winter conditions when he left his home more than two weeks ago. He is described as 5-foot-11 and 154 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

On the night he disappeared, police were called to his family's home after a report Buchanan was "out of control," and was damaging the inside of the house, the department notes.

He has not been in touch with family or friends since. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-27 at 9.15.45 PM

Buckeyes crash the glass, fend off Gophers

E.J. Liddell dominated in the paint to help No. 16 Ohio State.

nicolas blouin flickr fire hose

Fire departments decry drivers running over hoses, endangering crews

It happened in two separate Northland cities this week.

All Energy Solar - Bringing Panels to Roof

All Energy Solar reaches growth milestones with higher goals yet for 2022

Minnesota solar company continues to thrive through building a strong workforce

Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintoba crossing crop

Authorities ID family found frozen to death at MN-Canada border

They're still trying to unravel how they got there and who might have helped them.


Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.

Fuzzy Gerdes Flickr Franks Diner Kenosha

WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved

Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.


Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo

The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Band Box Diner Courtney Mault Flickr

MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed

MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.