Winona County authorities conducted a lengthy search for a Rochester man Wednesday evening near the Whitewater State Park that turned out to be unsuccessful.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Ron Ganrude said authorities blocked off Highway 74 near the south end of the park after learning that the 24-year-old man was suicidal and that several guns were missing from his Rochester residence reported by his concerned wife.
Ganrude said deputies conducted a house-to-house search for the man and disabled a vehicle they found parked nearby.
Ganrude said a command center was set up and the county's search and rescue team was called in using a heat sensing device in an effort to locate the man.
When the man could not be located, the search was called off. However some law enforcement personnel remained at the scene throughout the night.
Ganrude said he went back to the scene about 6:00 a.m. Thursday and discovered the vehicle was missing. He said officers at the scene were a safew distance away from the vehicle and did not see it leave during the night.
The investigation was turned back over to the Olmsted County authorities as the search continued.