Ten Days Later, Bemidji Man Still Missing

By KBJR News 1

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 6:05 PM CST

Bemidji, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - It's been ten heartbreaking days for the family of a Bemidji man.

Matt Pulis, 31, left a bar in downtown Bemidji in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 20th. No one has reported seeing or hearing from him since.

"There's been nothing in ten days," said Pulis' father, Terry Pulis, of the search for his son.

The last time Pulis was reportedly seen was outside the Classic Hard Times Saloon bar in downtown Bemidji. He was out with co–workers and had been drinking. The co-workers who were with Pulis have spoken with police, but don't know what happened to Pulis after they last saw him at the bar.

Family members became concerned when Pulis didn't show up for his noon shift at the Bemidji McDonald's.

"That's when the bells started ringing," said Pulis' mother, Betty Pulis.

The family has posted flyers, begging for information on Pulis' whereabouts, at the McDonald's and other businesses in town.

"It's this emotional rollercoaster of, 'Could it be this? Could it be that? Oh my God, what if it's that?'" said Betty Pulis of not knowing what happened to her son.

The search has been frustrating for members of the Bemidji Police Department, who have been searching for Pulis since he was initially reported missing.

"Every time we look at something new, it's been leading us nowhere," said Captain James Marcotte.

Marcotte says the Department has found nothing to indicate that foul play was involved in Pulis' disappearance. He says they've had few tips, and have scoured a large portion of the city, searching for signs of Pulis.

"There's no explanation as to why Mr. Pulis is missing," said Captain Marcotte.

Police have been tracking Pulis' debit card and phone record, looking for clues as to where he might be. The last time he used either was the night he was last seen.

"There's a huge outpouring of people in utter shock, because this is so out of character [for him]," said Pulis' sister, Steph Kniefe.

Pulis' family says that he doesn't drive and therefore doesn't have a car.

They say that while he was a private man, often keeping to himself, he always kept in touch with his family.

Pulis' family says they're grateful for all the help they've had in searching for Pulis. They say they won't give up hope.

"There's still a chance he's alive, there still is. We know it's been ten days, but there's still hope," said Terry Pulis.

Family members have set up a Facebook account for anyone with information or looking for updates on the search.

Pulis is described as a white man, 5' 7" tall, about 165 pounds.

He was wearing a dark blue, zip up sweatshirt, on the night of his disappearance.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bemidji Police Department at (218) 333-9111.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.