UPDATE: Authorities confirm that Andrew Cunat, who went missing after a track meet in Belle Plaine Tuesday night, has been found safe.
More information will be available in a later Belle Plaine Police release, according to Director of Emergency Management and Communications for Scott County Scott Haas, who served as a spokesperson for law enforcement search efforts.
The Belle Plaine Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Andrew James Raymond Cunat following a search and rescue mission Wednesday.
Cunat was last seen leaving the Belle Plaine High School around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 following a track meet in Le Sueur, according the public missing person alert from the Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension. Scott County Dispatchers received a call for a missing juvenile male at around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Cunat was last seen walking in a direction that was not his home.
Cunat is described as 5’08”, 115 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black Nike hoodie, gray sneakers with white bottoms and a black Adidas backpack with blue stripes on the side, the alert states.
"Andrew is a straight A student and it is not like him to not return home or be late to school," the alert said
Those with information regarding Cunat's whereabouts are asked to call the BPPD at 952-496-8423 or dial 911.
Law enforcement do not suspect foul play at this time, according to Director of Communications and Emergency Managment for Scott County Scott Haas.
"At this time, we do not have any information that would lead us to believe he's a danger to himself or others, and we do not have any specific information that would lead us to believe anything bad has happened to him," Haas said at a press briefing outside the Belle Plaine police department building Wednesday evening. "The information that we have is that he voluntarily left after coming back on the track bus last night."
A search and rescue party made up of members of the BPPD, Belle Plaine Fire Department the Mdewankanton Public Safety and K-9 units from North Star Search and Rescue set out early Wednesday afternoon to search the ravine area behind Chatfield Elementary in Belle Plaine.
The BPFD set out all terrain vehicles, one being amphibious, to search the area, according to a member of BPFD.
Teams worked in coordination with a drone operated by a member of MPS, who employed a thermal camera over the area. The camera located multiple blimps that "could just be birds," according to the MPS member who wished to not be named.
There are no leads as of Wednesday evening, but Haas noted that a search will continue Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Presently there are organized volunteer search efforts, but Haas noted that increased foot traffic to search areas may throw off K-9's ability to sniff out Cunat.
"It's important that we don't have people just walking through areas that he may have gone through because search dogs typically look for the most recent scent," Haas said
"The most important thing at this time is that if someone does know where he is they let authorities know. There is a tip-line set up."
The tip line is: 952-496-8423