UPDATE: Officials on Monday afternoon called off the organized search for Radivoje Ray Novakovic, citing the large area in which he could be located. They still urge Wyoming property owners to check their property. Those who know of property owners who are not able to search their property should provide assistance or contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 651-439-9381. There is no indication of foul play at this time.
All Hugo property owners are being asked to join the search for a 75-year-old male who has not been seen since leaving his residence for a walk at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Washington County Sheriff William Hutton and Hugo City Administrator Bryan Bear during a press conference Monday morning urged Hugo residents to make a thorough check of their property.
The missing man is Radivoje Ray Novakovic, who is diabetic, mildly bi-polar and has been known to become disoriented. He was last seen wearing a maroon shirt, khaki pants and a brown hat. He is approximately 5’6”, 160 lbs and has grey/white hair.
Novakovic departed Sunday from his residence in the 13000 block of Europa Trail, near the city’s south water tower. He is known to walk several miles a day and has many routes. Novakovic’s hyperglycemia may have enabled him to walk further from home than his normal routes take him, Hutton said.
Hutton stressed the need for a thorough search, as Novakovic’s medical conditions can lead to confusion. For example, opening a shed door is not enough, Hutton said; residents should walk into the shed. He also said to check inside vehicles.
Several agencies are participating in the search including Hugo’s police, fire and public works departments, fire departments from Forest Lake and White Bear Lake, and the police and fire departments from Centennial. A State Patrol helicopter is being deployed, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is utilizing mounted deputies, a canine unit, its reserve unit and its Water Recovery Team, which is searching the north end of Bald Eagle Lake.
Novakovic was reported missing just before 10 p.m. Sunday. Authorities searched until 4 a.m. Monday, then resumed the search at 8 a.m.
At this time, there is no indication of foul play and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is not requesting volunteers to assist searching in areas other than their own property.
Hutton has worked on several cases of missing persons involving vulnerable adults and said it is unwise to predict any outcomes.
“It could be just about anything,” he said. “You just never know.”
Information regarding Novakovic should be reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 651-439-9381.