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Body of missing Jackson County man has been found

b>Update 10:35 a.m.

JACKSON -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has found the body of Dale Allen Maine, 39, of Lakefield.

According to a press release issued moments ago, Maine's body was found by members of the sheriff's office at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 79-acre Belmont Park, approximately 7 miles north of Jackson. His body was located in a wooded, grassy area approximately 15 yards from the Des Moines River in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said the cause of death is unknown at this time, and that no foul play is suspected.

An autopsy has been ordered by the sheriff's department.

Monday Update

JACKSON -- The search for a missing Jackson County man continued Monday with no luck in finding the Lakefield resident.

Dale Maine, 39, was last seen in the area of Belmont Park, north of Jackson. He is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 300 pounds.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office began searching for Maine on Saturday evening. It had received a call at approximately 8 p.m. of a suspicious vehicle, and it was reported that a red Chevy Blazer was parked in Belmont Park with the door ajar and dome light on. Neighbors in the area reported the vehicle being there throughout the day, according to information released by the sheriff's office.

Deputies dispatched to the park determined the vehicle belonged to Maine. Inside the shelter house at Belmont Park, deputies located Maine's checkbook and empty pill minder. The 79-acre park was searched that night, and a K-9 unit from the Cottonwood County Sheriff's Office was used.

After darkness halted the search Saturday night, the effort to locate Maine resumed Sunday with approximately 20 persons from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the Jackson County Sheriff's Reserves, Jackson County Emergency Management, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Jackson Fire and Rescue. A water craft was used by the DNR and the sheriff's office to search the Des Moines River.

The search continued Monday with additional specialized dogs from Minnesota Search and Rescue Dog Association and the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter.

Anyone with information on Maine's whereabouts is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, (507) 847-4420.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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