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Missing West Fargo diner owner found dead after wide search

WEST FARGO - The owner of a diner here who had been missing for about a day was found dead Thursday, police and family members said. A body matching the description of Tim Hagensen was found in a pickup during a search in rural Cass County, just ...

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WEST FARGO - The owner of a diner here who had been missing for about a day was found dead Thursday, police and family members said. A body matching the description of Tim Hagensen was found in a pickup during a search in rural Cass County, just west of West Fargo, police Sgt. Terry Styf said. A pickup registered to Hagensen was found about 3:50 p.m. off of 38th Street West, north of Interstate 94, according to a news release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities don’t suspect any foul play in the case, which is still being investigated.

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FILE - Tim and Tammy Hagensen at TNT's Diner in West Fargo display the Fargo Jet Center T-shirt signed by Tom Hanks and his family after their early morning breakfast visit in August 2012. David Samson / The Forum

Hagensen was reported missing by family members about 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, after having last been heard from that afternoon, West Fargo Police Lt. Greg Warren said. Hagensen’s nephew, Darren Kundert of Alexandria, Minn., said at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday that his uncle was found dead earlier in the evening but declined to give further details. Hagensen had “left on his own free will,” Warren said earlier Thursday, adding that police didn’t believe there was a criminal component to the case. About 150 friends and family members searched a wide area all day for Hagensen, Kundert said. They canvassed not only West Fargo but also Kindred, Casselton, Mapleton and Harwood in North Dakota and east to Dilworth and Hawley, Minn., he said. Tim and Tammy Hagensen opened TNT’s Diner, 405 W. Main Ave., in 2007, according to a previous Forum article. Actor Tom Hanks visited the diner in August 2012, dropping in for an early breakfast after a recommendation by employees at the Fargo Jet Center, where Hanks’ family had a scheduled stop. Warren said the Hagensens and the diner are well-known in West Fargo. “There’s a lot of people, a lot of regulars that are in there all the time and are very familiar with him,” Warren said. “They have some of the best food, I’m telling you.” The couple have three children, Kundert said. “He has a huge, huge circle of friends and this is completely out of the ordinary to all of us,” Kundert said earlier in the day Thursday.WEST FARGO - The owner of a diner here who had been missing for about a day was found dead Thursday, police and family members said.A body matching the description of Tim Hagensen was found in a pickup during a search in rural Cass County, just west of West Fargo, police Sgt. Terry Styf said.A pickup registered to Hagensen was found about 3:50 p.m. off of 38th Street West, north of Interstate 94, according to a news release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.Authorities don’t suspect any foul play in the case, which is still being investigated.

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FILE - Tim and Tammy Hagensen at TNT's Diner in West Fargo display the Fargo Jet Center T-shirt signed by Tom Hanks and his family after their early morning breakfast visit in August 2012. David Samson / The Forum

Hagensen was reported missing by family members about 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, after having last been heard from that afternoon, West Fargo Police Lt. Greg Warren said.Hagensen’s nephew, Darren Kundert of Alexandria, Minn., said at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday that his uncle was found dead earlier in the evening but declined to give further details.Hagensen had “left on his own free will,” Warren said earlier Thursday, adding that police didn’t believe there was a criminal component to the case.About 150 friends and family members searched a wide area all day for Hagensen, Kundert said. They canvassed not only West Fargo but also Kindred, Casselton, Mapleton and Harwood in North Dakota and east to Dilworth and Hawley, Minn., he said.Tim and Tammy Hagensen opened TNT’s Diner, 405 W. Main Ave., in 2007, according to a previous Forum article.Actor Tom Hanks visited the diner in August 2012, dropping in for an early breakfast after a recommendation by employees at the Fargo Jet Center, where Hanks’ family had a scheduled stop.Warren said the Hagensens and the diner are well-known in West Fargo.“There’s a lot of people, a lot of regulars that are in there all the time and are very familiar with him,” Warren said. “They have some of the best food, I’m telling you.”The couple have three children, Kundert said.“He has a huge, huge circle of friends and this is completely out of the ordinary to all of us,” Kundert said earlier in the day Thursday.

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Tim Hagensen

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