Family of Missing Cook Co. Man Grows Anxious

By KBJR News 1

August 2, 2013 Updated Aug 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

Grand Marais, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Family members say outdoorsman Paul Brandt went blueberry picking on Gunflint trail like he has done so many times before, but Thursday night, he didn't return home.

"When he didn't come home by eight o'clock last night my brother got worried about it," said Jerome Brandt, Paul's brother.

Both Jerome Brandt and their other brother realized something was very wrong.
His family is concerned that Paul isn't lost, but that he may be hurt. Paul has had knee replacements in both legs.

"He knows that blueberry patch really well. He's been picking berries there for 5-7 years. So i think that's out of the question," Jerome said.

Authorities say they found Brandt's car near the Seagull Guard Station.

Pete Abrahamson, Paul Brandt's friend of nearly 70 years, would often join him to pick berries.

Now Abrahamson is joining in on the search for his friend.

"It's a rough area. A lot of ravines, brush, burned trees fallen down trees," said Abrahamson.

While the search continues for Paul, his bother draws on his faith to help him through the hard time.

"I appreciate the prayers to find him and if something real serious happened I know he's a Christian and he's happy in heaven."

The Cook County Sheriff's Department and Cook Search and Rescue are among the agencies involved in the search.

Brandt is described as 6'1", 190 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes and wears glasses. He is in good health and described as pretty fit.

Gabrielle Ware