Family of missing Anoka man fears worst

2:43 PM, Dec 1, 2013   |    comments
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ANOKA, Minn. - A desperate search underway for an Anoka man who's been missing for 19 days.

Kevin Casserly vanished on Nov. 11.

On Saturday, volunteer search parties tried to find clues in what they believe is his suspicious disappearance.

Friends and family are focusing their investigation along the river bank and around the Northstar Rail Station in Anoka. Loved ones fear foul play is involved.

A missing person's alert from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said, "Law enforcement are concerned for his welfare."

Volunteer searchers gathered at the rail station and started with a prayer.  Then about 75 people set out to search the city for the 22-year-old. 

The search was organized by his sister Alexandra Casserly.

Anoka police were not available for an interview on Saturday, but Alexandra said, "Today it was released to us that it is not an evidence search.  The detective specifically said that we are looking for a body at this time."

Family members have no idea why he's been missing nearly three weeks.

Kevin works across the street from the rail station and lives just blocks away.

"His phone and everything was left at home, his favorite hat, that he doesn't go anywhere without, everything is just at home," Alexandra said.

Family said his car was found, with very little gas left, parked at another apartment complex nearby.

This is very unlike Kevin to not have any contact with his family.  He is very, very close to his family," said Anna Plys, a childhood friend.

Kevin is the father of two small children.

"He takes them to dance on Tuesday and Thursday and to karate on Saturdays and he hasn't called and he hasn't showed up at all," Alexandra said.

While once a drug addict, family said Kevin has been clean two years. They said he hasn't touched his checking account or picked up his paycheck since he disappeared.

Family is asking everyone who lives in the northwest metro to check their yards, sheds any unlocked vehicles for any signs of Casserly.

Alexandra said with tears in her eyes, "We love him and we just want him to come home."

Friends and family are planning another volunteer search and are expected to post details on their Help Find Kevin Casserly Facebook page.

If you have any information about Kevin's disappearance, please call the Anoka Police Department.

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