CHISHOLM – Ben Quirk and Kim Jones are asking for the public to keep their eyes and ears open and to report any information on their brother, Christopher Quirk.
The siblings said their 50-year-old brother was last accounted for on May 8, 2018, leaving a healthcare facility in the city of Virginia. He was spotted on a surveillance video, but the footage does not indicate which direction he was headed.
After more than a year without direction, the family continues to hope someone will come forward with a lead to help find him. Knowing Christopher had difficulty walking due to disabling injuries sustained in a car crash, the two can’t help but wonder if he had a medical emergency.
“Either he had a medical emergency and maybe fell walking and we wouldn’t know or something happened,” Ben Quirk said. “Somebody knows something.”
The siblings are encouraging anyone with even the smallest bit of information to contact law enforcement.
Last May, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reissued a missing person bulletin listing Christopher Quirk at 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. His hair is gray-brown. His eyes are blue. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a black hat, glasses, Levis blue jeans, a black T-shirt and a black and blue sweatshirt or sweater, a black belt with a silver tone buckle and was wearing white tenners, Jones said. He did not have a cell phone or vehicle.
This Monday, Chisholm Policy Chief Vern Manner said his department is still actively searching. “We’re still trying to look for any leads that might help bring closure to the family,” Manner said. The family said some police officers have devoted their personal time helping them search for their brother on ATVs. “They’ve done a tremendous job, and I know they’ve been looking,” Ben Quirk said. Meanwhile, they have posted fliers in the Chisholm and Virginia and have searched various areas, including the Highway 169 corridor and the Mesabi Trail.
But the lack of leads has posed a roadblock to any type of organized search efforts.
“With no contact, or any kind of new leads it’s virtually impossible to do any type of searching,” Jones said. “So we’re at the mercy of the people — the people need to open their eyes and ears and if they heard anything they need to call the authorities.”
The siblings describe their brother as a hard worker who had a successful career as a machinist. He is a caring person, who once saved a five year-old girl from drowning. It was just one day later that his vehicle was rear-ended, resulting in his disabling injuries.
Ben Quirk and Jones said that if their brother is not alive, they just want to be able to bring him home and provide a proper funeral and burial.
“The longer it goes out, the more tragic it is in your heart,” Jones said.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Chisholm Police Department by dialing 911 or 218-254-7916.