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Kandiyohi County, Minn., sheriff confident decade-old missing person case can be solved

WILLMAR -- Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the disappearance of Daniel Lee Newville, who was last seen leaving a party in New London during the early morning hours of Aug. 1, 2002.

Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog issued a news release Tuesday regarding today's anniversary and said he still believes someone has information that could help investigators solve the missing person case.

"I still think it is solvable," Hartog said Tuesday.

"Someone or somebody has information on where he is and what happened to him."

At the time of his disappearance, Newville was 18 years old, 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighed 140 pounds and had brown hair and blue eyes.

According to Hartog, Newville was not officially reported missing until weeks later, on Sept. 24. That's when the Sheriff's Office began investigating the case. Since then, the case has included land and air searches, the use of cadaver dogs in the area and the investigation of more than 100 leads.

According to Tribune archives, Newville's father, Russell, claims he reported his son missing no more than 10 days after their last conversation. One of the first recorded reports of the younger Newville's disappearance came through an anonymous tip that claimed Daniel was lying dead in his grandfather's yard. The tip turned out to be a hoax.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 320-235-1260 ext. 3366. Detective Kent Bauman is the lead detective on the case.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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