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Body found during search for missing 27-year-old Fargo man

FARGO - A body has been found by authorities searching for 27-year-old Colter Dallman of Fargo, who has been missing since early January.

A search dog led authorities to the body in a field just north of Memory Fireworks, which was being used as a staging area for the search, said Sgt. Tara Morris, spokeswoman for the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

The body had not yet been identified, Morris said at about 2:35 p.m.

Authorities deployed snowmobiles, ATVs and dogs today as they resumed the search for Dallman. Twenty-five to 30 members of law enforcement agencies from Cass and Clay counties and the North Dakota Highway Patrol began the ground search at around 10:30 a.m. near Exit 56 on Interstate 29 east of Horace.

Fargo police, using a Highway Patrol airplane, conducted an aerial search of that area last Thursday but didn't find anything significant. Authorities postponed the ground search until today because of extreme cold last week.

Today's search was to cover areas along County Road 14 and along the Wild Rice River one mile north and south of the road. Valley Water Rescue brought a search dog to aid in the effort, and a second canine also was being used.

Authorities say Dallman's cellphone last made contact with a cell tower southeast of Horace on Jan. 9. His car was found with the keys in it on the southbound off-ramp at Exit 56.

Fargo police have said there was no clear indication of foul play.

Dallman's mother, Carolyn Woodruff of Beulah, previously told The Forum that from the looks of his residence it appeared he wasn't traveling, as he didn't take any suitcases or his medication and left credit cards and money on his dresser.

"It looks like he just went out to do something or get a bite to eat and never came back," she said.

Dallman has a history of depression and had times in the past where he fought suicidal thoughts, she said.

"It's a possibility," she said, "but there was no suicide note or anything to make that the only possibility."