Family of missing Hugo, Minn. man asks for answers - KMSP-TV

Family of missing Hugo, Minn. man asks for answers

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The search for missing Hugo, Minn. man Ray Novakovic drew 60 people to the south end of Bald Eagle Lake into Forest Lake and the Fable Hill area on Saturday.


Novakovic, 76, went missing last Sunday around 7 p.m. when he left for his typical walk and never returned. He suffers from confusion, and while he does not depend on insulin, he suffers from diabetes. He was last seen wearing a maroon shirt. He's 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds.


"It's horrifying to even think that your dad is somewhere lying in the ditch," his daughter Nancy Ragsdale said.

Inside a garage, Susan Gerber, Nancy Ragsdale and Anna Kennard wrap signs to alert any passerby that their father is still missing.

"You see this happening to other people or in movies," Ragsdale said.

"You just never think it's going to happen to you -- it's surreal," Gerber said.

Earlier this week, Gerber flew in from London, Ragsdale from San Diego, and Anna from Calgary, Canada. They are three of Novakovic's four daughters. Neither they nor his wife, Olga Novakovic, can believe so much time has passed without any leads.

"After six days he will be much different probably, probably disoriented, afraid, probably doesn't even know his name," Novakovic said.

Speculation has surfaced regarding his whereabouts.

"Maybe it was a hit and run, maybe somebody hit him and who knows, and panicked and took off with him and dumped him two hours away from here, so if anyone has seen anything in another state, in another county, would you please, come out," Ragsdale said.

Stephen Ragsdale is Novakovic's grandson and is mourning the disappearance of his grandpa.

"The saddest part is that we have an air hockey table at home, and it hasn't been working for the last three years, and every time he comes over he goes, Stephen do you want to [play] and I go, no no Dada, we can't play air hockey yet," Stephen Ragsdale said.

That air hockey table has since been fixed, and Ragsdale was set to play the game with his granddad in January.

"He's been waiting for three years and so have I," he said.

That's just one of many reasons why family and volunteers will keep looking, and hope you will help.


The search for Ray Novakovic will continue Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. If you'd like to help, you can meet the family and other volunteers at the Hugo water tower at that time.

If you have any information regarding Ray Novakovic's whereabouts, contact the Washington County sheriff's office at 651-439-9381.

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