UPDATE: Search for missing Burnsville man continues

Moreno-Pacheco, 61, has dementia

As of Wednesday morning, the search continued for a Burnsville man who was last seen at around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 15.

Lorenzo Moreno-Pacheco

Lorenzo Moreno-Pacheco, 61, does not speak English and suffers dementia from a head injury, according to Burnsville police.

He is 5-foot-6, 150 pounds, with a heavy black mustache, and he walks with a limp.

He was last seen in the area of Burnsville Parkway near the Savage border. Moreno-Pacheco lives on the 14700 block of West Burnsville Parkway in one of the two mobile home parks there.

To the south are heavily wooded areas in Burnsville’s Cam Ram Park and Scott County’s Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve.

Numerous agencies have been involved in the search for Moreno-Pacheco, who may have been wearing black pants and a red shirt, or a light-colored shirt with a red stripe, when he went missing, said Burnsville police Sgt. Rory Bochniak.

“It’s sketchy,” Bochniak said. “He’s got no money on him. He’s got no identification. They’re not exactly sure what he was wearing.”

Moreno-Pacheco has a wife and a children, and they’re “frantic,” Bochniak said. “They’re obviously concerned and looking. … They’re staying in touch with the Police Department.”

It’s also unclear whether Moreno-Pacheco was dressed for the chilly days earlier in the week.

“That’s not a good thing for somebody with his health problems,” Bochniak said.

A search begun on Sunday at around 8:30 a.m. was suspended at 6 p.m. because of approaching bad weather. Searchers included Burnsville police, the Hennepin County K-9 Unit, the sheriff’s departments in Dakota and Scott counties, Three Rivers Park District rangers and Burnsville’s Mobile Volunteer Network.

Burnsville police resumed the search the following morning.

Neighborhood residents, State Patrol helicopters and even searchers on horseback from a private club have also been involved, Bochniak said.

A tip led to another search of Cam Ram Park Tuesday night, which turned up nothing, Bochniak said.

A photo of Moreno-Pacheco has been widely circulated.

“We’re still heavily involved in this and using all the resources we can,” Bochniak said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Burnsville police detective Christi Carpenter at (952) 895-4592.

 

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