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NEW TOWN – Law enforcement from three affiliated tribes are still searching for a New Town man who was reported missing on April 24.

Charles Hines Bearstail, 64, is 5ft 10in, has brown eyes and brown and gray hair.

Investigations by TAT law enforcement have led to the possibility that Bearstail went out on Lake Sakakawea with his green kayak on or about April 24 in the afternoon or early evening.

Bearstail has not contacted family or friends since April 24. His cell phone was last used until 11:15 a.m. that day and in the Four Bears area near where his vehicle was found according to cell phone tracking.

Bearstail can wear a forest green collared sweater and white or light gray pants. It is not known if he had other items with him or if he was with another person. It’s also unclear if he was dressed for the weather conditions at the time of his last contact, which was still considered dangerous due to the recent blizzard in western North Dakota.

On April 26, a green kayak matching the general description of the kayak in which Bearstail is known was found on the eastern shore of Sakakawea Lake, about a mile south of the Four Bears Bridge.

On April 27, an aluminum double-paddle oar matching the general description of the kayak oar that Bearstail is known for was found on the west shore of Four Bears Point.

A tribe-initiated search and rescue incident response was immediately coordinated by the Mandan Emergency Operations Center, Hidatsa Arikara (MHA) and an incident command post for response personnel was established around 1 p.m. on April 27. Around 1:45 p.m., search operations began. A targeted search area has been designated around the Four Bears Park peninsula on Lake Sakakawea.

Emily Sitting Bear of the Emergency Operations Center said Tuesday that Bearstail had not been located Tuesday afternoon. Law enforcement is asking boaters in the Lake Sakakawea area to watch and report any objects they find in the area that may belong to Bearstail or a man matching his description walking in the area.

People can call BIA Special Agent Heather Baker at 701-550-5646 or call the police at 701-627-3617.

— Andrea Johnson



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