North American Missing Persons Network
Norman Limesand

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Above Images: Limesand, circa 1999

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 12, 1999 from Marion, Lamoure County, North Dakota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 1917
  • Age: 82
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Gray; balding.
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Missing two of his
    right fingers. Wears eyeglasses
  • Clothing: Western-style boots

  • Details of Disappearance
    Limesand was last seen at approximately 3:30 PM on November 12, 1999 in Marion, North Dakota. He was driving his red 1995 Ford Club Cab pickup truck with North Dakota license plates EIP-754. The vehicle had a red tool box featuring "4x4" decals installed in its bed. He was en route to his son's farm. Limesand never arrived as scheduled.

    Limesand's truck was discovered abandoned on a street in Moorehead, Minnesota on November 16, 1999, four days after his initial disappearance. Traces of his blood were found inside the vehicle. The Wrangler tire that was normally placed in the truck's bed was missing and has never been recovered.

    In November 2006, authorities announced a break in the case. Limesand's neighbor at the time, Steve Thomas, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Norman's death. Witnesses say Limesand was arguing with Thomas over some water drainage problems between their adjoining properties. While returning from hunting there was an encounter with Norman Limesand near Thomas' home when Thomas recklessly discharged his firearm which accidentally killed Norman Limesand.

    Unfortunately, Thomas is now claiming that he cannot remember where he left Norman's body. Thomas has said he pulled Norman's body into a cattail slough somewhere off the road. Authorities say it could be in LaMoure, Barnes or Stutsman counties.

    Limesand's blood and a lens from his eyeglasses were found near the culvert, across from Thomas' mother's farm house. Thomas had burned the area the day after Limesand disappeared.

    He was declared dead in 2002.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    LaMoure County Sheriff's Department
    Sheriff Gary Jensen
    (701) 883-5720

    Source Information
    LaMoure County Sheriff's Department
    Inforum Associated Press 2/19/07