Todd Jay Hanson
Hanson, approximately 1989; Chad Birkeland
Date reported missing : 05/02/1993
Missing location (approx) :
St. Paul, Minnesota
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/19/1968 (53)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 155 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Hanson has a scar on his right forearm and wrist.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hanson and a friend, 22-year-old Chad Birkeland, disappeared from south St. Paul, Minnesota on May 2, 1993. They were driving a gold Toyota Tercel at the time. On May 13, Birkeland's body was found in the Mississippi River near Hastings, Minnesota. A photo of him is posted with this case summary. Hanson has never been located.
In 1995, eight men were arrested on methamphetamine charges at a home in Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin. Diamond Bluff borders the Mississippi River and is near the Minnesota state border. Investigators excavated the yard of the property. They were reportedly looking for Hanson's body and other evidence, but all they found was two vehicles.
Authorities stated the focus of the search was not for Hanson's body, but for evidence in the drug investigation. HisÂ disappearance remains unsolved. Newport, Minnesota police are investigating.
Other information and links : ncy
Newport Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
The St. Paul Pioneer Press
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