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Published January 24, 2013, 06:21 PM

Search intensifies for Colter Dallman

(WDAY TV) -- It's being called a recovery mission not a rescue. The search for Colter Dallman intensified today, despite brutal weather conditions.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- It's being called a recovery mission not a rescue. The search for Colter Dallman intensified today, despite brutal weather conditions.

The 27-year-old Dallman was last heard from near Horace, so local law enforcement agencies are conducting an aerial and ground search of the surrounding area.

Carolyn Woodruff: "Very traumatic."

It's been weeks since Carolyn Woodruff heard from her son, Colter Dallman

Carolyn: "I thought maybe he had lost his cell phone because that had happened once before."

Dallman was last seen downtown Fargo on January 3rd and his phone last made contact with a cell tower near Horace six days later.

Carolyn: "I guess there's always some hope unless you have a body. But things don't look very good."

Fargo area law enforcement is now out on a recovery mission..trying to find anything they can, hoping to connect some of the unimaginable pieces.

Carolyn: "Colter has had some problems in the past with mental illness"

Morgan Dallman/Colter's father: "Colter was very caring and very concerned, and very tormented."

The search is a collaborative effort by the Fargo Police, Cass County Sheriff's Office, and North Dakota Highway Patrol. Some law enforcement looking on the ground, while others are up in the sky

Carolyn: "The police have been very concerned and very helpful, but it's just been so long."

And although the weeks have gone by, Carolyn and her husband find strength in their memories.

Carolyn: "He had the hopes of helping other people learn how to live together in peace and harmony."

Thankful for the support of everyone around them, but still praying for answers.

Carolyn: "They've been out there, trying to get the message out, doing everything they can to find him, and I want to thank all those people."

Morgan Dallman: "I have hope."

The search has wrapped up for the week, but police hope to continue a ground search Monday, when the weather warms up.

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