Search for Missing North Dakota Doctor Continues (New Photographs)


(Bozeman, Mont.)  The search for 74 year old Dr. Patrick J. Fitzpatrick of Bismark, ND entered it’s 5 day Wednesday.  Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin stated that up to  5 dogs teams,  7 ATV crews, ground searchers, helicopters and air planes using high tech cameras have been unable to locate this missing man.  He was last seen in Bozeman Friday July 3rd and his vehicle was discovered abondoned south of Willow Creek on Saturday July 4th.  The Madison County Sheriff and Search and Rescue have joined the effort searching the area around the town of Harrision and the reservoir.  The tip that lead to the Harrison search was a result of media coverage.  Sheriff’s Detectives continue to piece together his movements and attempt to develop leads.  The active search south of Willow Creek has been put on hold until addtional clues can be obtained.  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Commander Lt. Jason Jarrett stated that “Rescuers searched to such a degree we are confident  he is not in that area.  We use our experience, lost person behavorial data and topography t0 predict probable and possible search areas.”

Dr. Fitzpatrick is described as 6’0″ tall about 250 lbs with grey eyes, white hair and wears glasss.  He was driving a Green Ford Explorer with a white utility type trailer.  Anyone with information regarding Dr. Fitzpatrick is encouraged to call either the Gallatin County Sheriff at (406)582-2100 or Madison County Sheriff at (406)843-5301.

Included in this release are photographs of Fitzpatrick taken July 3 in Bozeman and a photgraph of his vehicle.  A flyer for public distribution is attached. #####

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