Family seeks 1,000 searchers to look for missing St. Thomas man
Despite the authorities' decision to suspend the official search for Dan Zamlen, family and friends of the missing University of St. Thomas student said they are not done looking for the Eveleth native.
On the day of his 19th birthday, Zamlen's sister, Andrea, said her family is asking for 1,000 volunteers to turn out on the St. Thomas campus to continue the effort to find her brother.
"We don't care what the police say to anybody because we are not done looking; we are not going back up north until we find my brother," she said.
A press release posted on the University of St. Thomas's Web site confirmed Andrea's request and indicated police would also continue their search for Zamlen.
Police and volunteer search efforts for missing University of St. Thomas freshman Daniel Zamlen will focus today on the banks of the Mississippi River and the neighborhood along Mississippi River Boulevard between St. Clair Avenue and the university campus, the release said.
Daniel Meuwissen, director of Public Safety at the university, said volunteers and police together will be going house to house along Mississippi River Boulevard today. They will ask homeowners for permission to look for Zamlen anywhere he might have used for shelter.
Andrea, a junior at Virginia High School, said she would particularly like to see more faces from the Northland join in the search.
"The more kids I see from the Range that I have known since I was little, that helps a lot," she said. "They are the people that have known my brother since he was little."
She added that the support the family has gotten from the St. Thomas community has also been extraordinary.
A search operations center is located in the Fireside Room of Koch Commons on the Murray-Herrick Campus at St. Thomas.
Anybody interested in volunteering can learn more information about where to go and how to help by going to www.stthomas.edu and clicking on the purple missing student tab.