An 18-year-old with special needs who went missing Monday morning in Decorah was found safe about 12 hours later, just south of where he was initially reported missing.
Decorah Police said Brandon Quam, who walked away from Decorah High School around 8:30 a.m., was located in the North Valley parking lot at about 8:30 p.m The large lot is just north of downtown Decorah and only a few blocks south of the high school.
Law Enforcement was dispatched to the area and once the identity was verified, Brandon’s family was transported to the scene. He was found to be in good health, but as a precaution, he was evaluated by medical staff from Winneshiek County Medical Center.
Decorah Police Chief David Smutzler released a statement saying “We, as well as the family, and the Decorah Schools; want to thank all who assisted with the massive search effort that took part. The outpour of support from Decorah and the surrounding communities was truly amazing.”
Efforts to find Brandon included a coordinated search with community volunteers paired with trained law enforcement, fire department or EMS professionals. Drones, UTVs and canine units were also deployed. That operation was scheduled to run through about 8 p.m.
The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office said, “In all we had 838 volunteers from all over northeast Iowa show up to accomplish our mission tonight.”