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Cops: Rumors unfounded in search for man in Granite area

GRANITE FALLS -- Law enforcement officials are continuing to search and work to find a missing 27-year-old Granite Falls man.

Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten said Monday that rumors that on Facebook of a body being found are not true. He stressed that any information regarding Eric Santiago Martinez Solorzano would come from his office as an official news release.

Solorzano was last heard from at 2:30 a.m. Saturday along U.S. Highway 212 between Montevideo and Granite Falls.

Law enforcement used cell phone information and information from citizens to locate a three-mile range where officials searched from the river to the top of the bluff on Saturday and Sunday, Flaten said.

The Sheriff's Office tactical team, Granite Falls Fire Department and Rescue, a helicopter from the Minnesota State Patrol and a bloodhound from the Codington County, S.D., Sheriff's Office searched along the highway between Granite Falls and Montevideo and the three-mile area.

The search continued Monday and officials may need to wait for the flooded Minnesota River to recede, Flaten said. At this time, the sheriff is not suspecting foul play in the disappearance.

Solorzano is 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs 225 pounds. He had a scar on his nose and tattoos on his arms. He was last seen wearing blue pants, black shoes, a white shirt and a blue jacket.

Anyone with information on Solorzano's whereabouts is asked to call the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office at 320-564-2130.

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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