With special equipment and personnel expected to arrive in Brainerd this weekend, a renewed search for 21-year-old Erika Dalquist is set to begin Monday.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Eric Klang today said six members of the Colorado-based Trident Foundation, a non-profit organization specializing in aquatic investigation and recovery, are expected to arrive in Brainerd sometime this weekend.
The foundation, using a remote-operated vehicle, will assist the sheriff's department in searching Virginia Mine Pit lake, the place authorities believe Dalquist's body is located.
The 189-foot-deep, 20-acre mine pit lake, located near Trommald, has been the focal point in the search for Dalquist since Jan. 14. Crow Wing County Dive Team members and the sheriff's department have searched the upper depths of the lake, and sonar and underwater cameras have been used to search the deep part of the lake. The Trident Foundation's ROV will employ more powerful lights, cameras and sonar equipment, Klang said.
Trident Foundation officials will be in Brainerd to search until Feb. 21, said Klang. Searching other lakes in the area around the Virginia Mine Pit lake will be considered.
Dalquist disappeared from downtown Brainerd on Oct. 30. Charges of second-degree manslaughter filed Jan. 15 against 24-year-old William Myears in connection with the disappearance of Dalquist were dismissed Jan. 31 by Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan.
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