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Authorities search for missing man in Douglas County

Fred Luostari

Volunteers and search-and-rescue workers spent all day Monday searching for a town of Cloverland man who has been missing since Thursday.

Fred Luostari, 52, was last heard from about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday when he called his wife, said Detective John Parenteau of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. It's believed Luostari called from his Cloverland home; his car was later found stuck on property owned by the family, also in Cloverland, Parenteau said.

The family contacted the Sheriff's Office on Sunday afternoon, Parenteau said, and a search was launched on Monday involving the Sheriff's Office, the St. Louis County Search and Rescue Team, rural fire departments and canines from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office as well as volunteers.

The search was hampered by the wet conditions and the clay soil, Parenteau said.

"It's very tough going right now," said Parenteau, speaking after the search was suspended for the day just before 9 p.m. on Monday.

Luostari is an avid outdoorsman who loves being in the woods, Parenteau said. Authorities have no leads outside of the discovery of the car. "We're not ruling anything out; we're not ruling anything in," he said. "We're hoping for the best."

The search was to resume this morning. Additional volunteers aren't needed for the search, but anyone with any information that might help lead to finding Luostari is asked to call Douglas County Dispatch at (715) 394-4432.

Luostari is described as a white male, 5-foot-3 and 135 pounds. It's not known what Luostari was wearing when he disappeared.

"The family appreciates best wishes, warm thoughts and prayers," Parenteau said. "A family's father is missing, and we need to do whatever we can to find him."

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