Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Dawn Carlson was last seen in the city of Karlstad, MN, on October 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., after visiting her aunt.
She was driving a 2001, black Sable, MN License # 743-ECY. She was on her way to an appointment but she never made it. Her last known destination was thought to be Brainerd or Badger. She may have been disoriented because of her illness.
Her five dogs were left at her Lake Bronson home, and it would be unlike her to leave them there by themselves, unless she was planning on coming back. Carlson lived in rural Crosby for 15 years and then moved to Lake Bronson years ago.
Dawn was officially declared missing on October 5th, 2013. Although several air and ground searches were conducted, authorities and family members found no sign of Carlson or her vehicle. Her car hasn't been re-licensed since she disappeared. She has not made contact with family, has not used her cellphone, medical card, or tried to access her bank accounts since she was last seen. She had been approved for heating assistance, but she never showed up to get the money.
Dawn had been struggling with her health for years. Dawn Carlson is believed to have contracted Lyme disease after being bitten by a deer tick while working at a golf course sometime in the mid-1990s, according to family members. She was misdiagnosed at that time, and when they finally found out what she had, it was too late for a simple antibiotic to get it into remission. She told her sister she felt like she was dying and couldn't find anyone to help her with her illness.
Dawn was also struggling with her finances at the time as she was on social security disability.
Before she fell ill she was working at golf courses and teaching lessons, she was an avid hunter and talented artist who sold her wildlife paintings.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Kittson County Sheriff's Office
Twin Cities Press