North Dakota authorities expand search for missing baby

STUTSMAN COUNTY, N.D. (Valley News Live & NewsDakota) Saturday Update: After the search for a missing baby came up empty Friday, the Stutsman County Sheriff's Department and several other agencies are conducting a major search Saturday.

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser reports that officers from seven agencies will search 8 square miles of northwestern Stutsman County after learning that a mother could not remember where she was for four days or where she had left her 4-month-old son.

Search dogs will be part of the operation as they focus on a slough using boats remotely operated by the Jamestown Fire Department.

The ground search will be conducted using utility vehicles and on foot. Roughly 30 to 40 personnel are expected to assist.

Kaiser said a farmer found the baby's mother, Justice Lange, in rural Woodworth on Friday. Lange and the baby were reported missing on Monday.

Kaiser said the search has focused near where Lange was found. He says a pickup she was driving and some of the baby's clothing were found during a search of the area Friday.

Lange has several warrants out for her arrest, Kaiser added, and she was taken to a Fargo hospital with undisclosed injuries.

Agencies involved in Saturday's expanded search are the Jamestown Rural Fire Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Jamestown Special Operations, North Dakota Game & Fish, Stutsman County Sheriff's Reserves, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

The Stutsman County Sheriff's Department continues to search for a baby that has gone missing after locating a pickup and the mother of the child in the Woodworth area.

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser states that on Monday this week, authorities were notified of a missing woman from Carrington along with her 4 month-old child and a purple pickup.

“So we’ve been searching or looking for her vehicle and her and her 4 month old baby to check welfare of baby.” Said Kaiser.

Kaiser says this morning, a farmer located Justice Lange walking in the rural Woodworth, picked her up and took her to Carrington where he contacted the local police. The location of the vehicle and child was still not known. Sheriff Kaiser stated that the North Dakota Highway Patrol brought their plan and assisted ground patrols through the air and found the vehicle roughly 4 miles from where Lange was picked up. Sheriff Kaiser says they searched the area and found clothing.

“We further searched an area and found some clothing items. Through the investigating and talking with her, she got us to and area with a slough. A bigger slough in the rural area. Some from there we searched the entire slough on the outside perimeter walking in the water with waiters all around that area. Found some more clothing.” Said Kaiser.

Kaiser says Lange told authorities the last time she had seen her son was near a slough in the area where the vehicle was found, but was unsure when that was.

Kaiser says they have not yet found the baby boy and will be searching another slough between that location. He says the Jamestown Fire Department's Search and Rescue Dog has been brought to the scene.

Kaiser says Lange had several warrants out for her arrest. She has since been transferred to the Fargo Hospital with undisclosed injuries. He says searches will continue tonight and if nothing is found, they will start again tomorrow.

ORIGINAL STORY: According to Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser, a mom and her child were last seen in the Jamestown area about four days ago.

Valley News Live has confirmed that on Friday the mother was located but that her child, along with a truck believed to be related in the case, have not yet been found.

Sheriff Kaiser says it is unknown how long the child has been without its mother.

The mother is currently in custody of the Carrington Police Department for unknown reasons. Family members are currently searching for a truck related in the case in Stutsman County. A picture of the truck family is looking for has been attached to this story.