Search for missing teen continues with major operation in Eagan park


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.

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