Man last seen on Range

Andrew Wagner has “tons” of friends.

But one quite good friend is very concerned that the 47-year-old man with Twin Cities and Range connections is far too alone right now.

“He sent a text message to a friend who was so alarmed that the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office was contacted. And he left a note with friends he was staying with that was even much more concern,” said Lara Brown of Minneapolis, who is one of several people taking the lead to find Wagner. “He didn’t use that word (suicide) specifically. But we’re really worried and fearful.”

Brown said his cell phone is off and can’t be traced.

Wagner was last seen about 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Along with county law enforcement, Hibbing, Duluth and Minneapolis police have also been notified and are aware of his missing status.

Wagner has residences in Cherry, where he rents a house at Highway 37 and County Road 5 behind the Thirsty Moose Bar and Grill, and in lower Northeast Minneapolis, a couple blocks from the former Ritz Theater where he has been the artistic director. He had recently been working on a performance at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Brown said.

A flyer being circulated in Minneapolis and on the Range describes Wagner as Caucasian and says he is presumed to be driving a red, 1964 Volvo 122s, with a Minnesota license plate NX110.

Anyone who has seen Wagner or his vehicle are asked to call St. Louis County dispatch center at 749-6010.

Wagner may have gone to the Greenwood Cemetery because a friend of his is buried there who died five years ago May 3, the day he was last seen by Virginia funeral director Bill Bauman, who had seen he was missing from a page created online, Brown said in a telephone interview Saturday afternoon.

Several hundred people are involved in the search for Wagner through Facebook, Brown said. He was born in New York City and lived for a time in Indiana before moving to Minnesota. He has had a connection to the Range for 10 years now, inlcluding serving on the Mesaba Cooperative Park board.

Brown said he had seemed depressed recently in part because a good friend died about a week ago. And that has heightened concern of friends.

“He has tons of friends ... a real eclectic group of people,” she said.


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