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Awareness walk for missing Marc Welzant planned

The Brainerd Police Department is joining with family and friends to invite the public to participate in a walk to raise awareness for missing person Marc Welzant.

Marc Welzant
Marc Welzant

The Brainerd Police Department is joining with family and friends to invite the public to participate in a walk to raise awareness for missing person Marc Welzant.

The group will gather at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 25, in Kiwanis Park in Brainerd. People participating will be transported to the starting location. The 2-mile walk will retrace the route that is believed to be the one Welzant took the day he disappeared and will end at Kiwanis Park.

Welzant, a developmentally disabled adult, left his group home the afternoon of Oct. 26, 2014. He was last seen on video at the Holiday Gas Station on South Sixth Street in Brainerd shortly before 3 p.m. Marc was 47 years old at the time of his disappearance. He has brown hair, brown eyes and is about 5 feet, 2 inches tall. The gas station video shows Welzant wearing a dark colored jacket and dark colored pants.

All leads police have followed up on have not provided any insight to what may have happened to Welzant. He had no money, no phone, no mode of transportation and no identification. Welzant had no friends outside his family and group home, and did not have the ability or mental capacity to survive on his own.

After nearly a year of searching for Welzant, Brainerd police are no closer to finding him than when he went missing last fall. Police and family members continue to hope that someone may have seen something, no matter how minor, that could be useful in leading to Welzant.

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Police are again using this opportunity requesting all residents thoroughly check their own property and areas in and around Brainerd for Welzant. A photograph of Welzant is available on the Brainerd Police Department Facebook page. The "Bring Marc Welzant Home" Facebook page has additional information about Marc and the walk.

Those with information regarding the disappearance of Marc Welzant are asked to contact the Brainerd Police Department at 218-829-2805.

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