Missing 86-year-old with dementia found deceased in Nemadji State Forest

UPDATE 02/20/24:

Gerald Knapp was found deceased in Nemadji State Forest in Pine County, authorities announced Tuesday.

The Pine County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team found the remains while following up on drone search images. The St. Louis County rescue squad helped in the recovery due to the remote location.

Pine County authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating an 86-year-old man with dementia.

The Pine County Sheriff’s Office took a missing person report Thursday, which stated that Gerald Knapp was last seen around 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, leaving the city of Askov, Minnesota, headed south on County Road 42, also known as Beaver Trail Road.

Authorities say his vehicle – a red 2020 Ford Escape with Minnesota license plate FVP429 – has since been found in the northeast part of Pine County. Anyone with property or trail cameras in that area is asked to check them.

While Knapp’s destination is unknown, authorities believe he could be in northeastern Pine County or southwestern Douglas County, Wisconsin.

He is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has white hair and blue eyes.

If you have information on Knapp’s whereabouts, call 911 or the Pine County Sheriff’s Office at 320-629-8380.