The search continued Thursday for missing Becker County woman Melissa “Mitz” Eagleshield. Becker County Sheriff’s Investigator Jon Peterson and Boat and Water Officer Adam Douglas spent most of the day Thursday scouring the wooded, swampy area between Height of Land Lake and Island Lake.
They searched on foot, with ATVs, and Peterson went up in a Border Patrol helicopter. He said the visibility was pretty good, since leaves and foliage haven’t come in yet. “We could see a bucket on the ground. We could see ducks on the lake,” he said, but there was no sign of Eagleshield.
The 42-year-old Detroit Lakes woman was last seen in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 5. Authorities say they believe she walked away from a friend’s residence she was staying at along County Road 126 just south of Island Lake, likely between the hours of 3 and 5 a.m.
“We’re now looking for anything out of the ordinary, a piece of clothing or a shoe,” said Sheriff Todd Glander.
The department also follows up on all leads it receives in the case, he said. This winter it checked out leads including one involving pieces of clothing found in the woods by a hunter, but it turned out to be a false lead.
Officers will also be on the lookout during extra ATV patrols in the northeast part of the county that are planned as part of an ATV enforcement effort, Glander said.
And next week authorities will continue the search effort with the help of a cadaver dog.
So far, no evidence has surfaced to point investigators or family in any direction. Eagleshield’s disappearance remains a mystery.
“If anybody has information, please contact us as soon as possible,” Glander said.