Missing A.L. man says he is ‘OK’ but won’t give whereabouts

Published 9:33 am Saturday, March 31, 2012

Izaak Epland, missing since March 15, says he is doing fine.

The 23-year-old contacted the Albert Lea Tribune Friday afternoon to reach out to the community.

“I’m OK and I appreciate the concern and would like everyone to go about their own business,” said Epland, who lived in Albert Lea.

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Epland’s mother, who lives in Emmons, reported him missing on Monday, and the Freeborn County Sheriff’s office has since asked for the public’s help in finding him.

Authorities were following up on a couple calls but nothing that had helped them confirm Epland’s location.

On the phone Friday, Epland would not indicate his location or general region but said he planned to contact his family and law enforcement later in the day. He would not explain why he skipped town.

The Tribune reports it confirmed through a series of questions that the caller was Epland.

Authorities described Epland as having black hair and a dark complexion. He is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.

The family has not submitted a photo to authorities, who only have a driver’s license photo to go with and are unable to release it for privacy reasons.