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Lost boys found safe

By Staff | Jul 23, 2017

Vehicles from many different emergency agencies were near the bridge over the Blue Earth River, on County Road 12, two miles west of Winnebago Wednesday.

Three brothers from Winnebago were reported missing last Wednesday evening, during a thunderstorm that was hitting the area hard.

Fortunately, all three were found safe and unharmed.

The call came into law enforcement at around 4 p.m., Wednesday,?July 19.

According to information from the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office, Ashley Beatrice Jordan, 33, of Winnebago, reported her three sons were missing.

She had dropped them off earlier in the day by the Blue Earth River near the Riverside Cemetery southwest of Winnebago.

Aiding the emergency search and rescue personnel on the ground was this small aircraft that was flying low along the Blue Earth River near Winnebago, searching for three brothers. They were found later uninjured.

Evan Lamar Jordan, age 19, and his two juvenile siblings ages 11 and seven, were going to go floating down the Blue Earth River on an inflatable raft from that point to the bridge over the river at County Road 12 also known as the Jackson Road.

At 3:55 p.m., Ashley Jordan called the sheriff’s office to report her children were overdue and had not arrived at their destination at the bridge, which is located two miles west of Winnebago.

It was also at that time that a severe thunderstorm was hitting the area.

Emergency personnel from the Winnebago area responded immediately and began a search and rescue mission, starting at the bridge.

Responding to the scene were personnel from the Winnebago Police Department, Winnebago Fire Department, Winnebago Ambulance, Minnesota Highway Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Amboy Fire Department, in addition to the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office.

A small light aircraft was also used to fly over the river looking for the missing three individuals.

It turned out that the boys had climbed out of the river when the thunderstorm was raging and crawled up the river bank and began walking back to Winnebago.

At approximately 4:40 p.m. a passing motorist picked up the three walking into town in swimming suits and covered in mud. They were returned home and were uninjured.

Law enforcement personnel arrived at the home later to confirm that they were indeed the missing individuals.