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UPDATE: Ground search called off but authorities still seek missing Meeker County man

LITCHFIELD -- Ground search efforts have been called off today after a 32-year-old Meeker County man who has been missing since Friday night made brief contact with family by phone during the overnight hours. John Rassat, who also goes by the name J.

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LITCHFIELD - Ground search efforts have been called off today after a 32-year-old Meeker County man who has been missing since Friday night made brief contact with family by phone during the overnight hours.

John Rassat, who also goes by the name J.D., is still missing as his whereabouts and well-being remain unknown, and law enforcement remains concerned for his safety, said Sheriff Brian Cruze in a news release. Anyone with information about Rassat should call the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.

Rassat was last seen at around 11:30 p.m. Friday when he left his Darwin residence on foot.

He has not been seen since.

He is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 170 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair.

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Rassat was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and an orange hat. It's the same hat as shown in the photo.

The Meeker County Sheriff's Office initiated missing person investigation at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

A ground search was conducted by Meeker County sheriff's deputies, Meeker County Posse and Meeker County Reserves.

The Minnesota State Patrol air division and Minnesota Canine Search and Rescue also assisted with the search, which was called off last night and had been set to resume Sunday morning.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rassat should call the Meeker County Sheriff's Office at 320-693-5400.

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