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The Search Continues in Grand Forks

By T. McDonald

Grand Forks, ND – Speaking to the media this morning, Grand Forks Police Chief John Packett says an arrest in the case does not mean the effort will be lessened...
"...Dru, we will find you. With the arrest of Alphonso Rodrigues, Junior last night this investigation has only reached the 50-yard line. As additional charges and information becomes available, we will not be satsfied or comforted, until such time as we find Dru."
Grand Forks County State's Attorney Peter Wellte declined to discuss any specifics around the arrest or the evidence surrounding the arrest, but does say he can be linked to being in Grand Forks and the Columbia Mall area, where Drew Sjodin was last seen, a week ago Saturday.
"...We issued a warrant for Mr. Rodrigues based on probable cause that he was the individual who had committed a crime and that a crime had occrrued. If we did not feel that we had probable cause we would not have issued that warrant. At this time, what we're trying to do is to find Dru.
What's happened here with this kidnapping arrest is that there has begun a new chapter in this investigation."
A call for volunteers is once again being made by authorities. Officials are asking volunteers to once again look in areas of Grand Forks and Polk counties.

Volunteers are needed tomorrow (Wednesday) to aid in the search for Dru Sjodin.
Authorities are asking volunteers to be at least 18 years of age with photo I-D.
Volunteers are asked to register at the Ralph Englestad Area starting at
7:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.
Officials also remind volunteers to dress appropriately.