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By The Siberian Times reporter
29 March 2016

Mother of 25 year old Colin Madsen flies to Russia as search is underway in Buryatia.

A search by police is underway and emergency services are using a helicopter to locate him. Picture: Facebook

The US citizen is a student at Irkutsk State Linguistic University and visited the tourist destination of Arshan in Buryatia with friends. He left a guesthouse in the village during the night on 27 March, evidently without a coat in sub-zero temperatures, and has not been seen since, say local sources. 

A search by police is underway and emergency services are using a helicopter to locate him. His cellphone is unavailable. Mr Madsen is from Jefferson City, Missouri, and is understood to speak good Russian.

Colin Madsen


Colin Madsen

Colin Madsen left a guesthouse in the village of Arshan during the night on 27 March, evidently without a coat in sub-zero temperatures, and has not been seen since. Pictures: Vkontakte

'Police officers are searching for a 25-year-old man, who went out of a guest house in Arshan village on 27 March, between 2 am and 5 am and has not yet returned,' said a statement from Buryatian police. 

He is described as being 170 cm to 175 cm tall, of slim build, with blue eyes and brown hair. He was dressed in sand-coloured trousers, a T-shirt, and wore grey hiking boots. 'If you have information on the whereabouts of the missing man please notify us by telephone, ' said a statement. 

Temperatures in the region are around 9C during the day, but dip below freezing at night. 

Arshan


Arshan

The Arshan area is famous for its healing mineral waters, mountain views and waterfalls. The village also has a noted Buddhist temple. Pictures: @fanatbaikala, Viktor Arapov

His mother, Dana Madsen, is flying to Russia to help the search for her missing son. Friend Elena Fuks said: 'Today they should be searching for him with a helicopter. Colin's mom is coming this  week.'

Another friend Vlad Rasputin, from Irkutsk, wrote on his social media account: 'I'm going to Arshan right now, and will help in the search.

Arshan map


Arshan map

'Today they should be searching for him with a helicopter.' Pictures: Google Maps

'At the moment no-one can clearly explain what happened. We have called the US Embassy in Moscow and they told us that they are taking measures.'

The Arshan area is famous for its healing mineral waters, mountain views and waterfalls. The village also has a noted Buddhist temple.

Comments (24)

Praying for you Kurt and family for a safe return. Thoughts and prayers with Colin.
Barbie Olson & family, Fairbanks Indiana USA
03/04/2016 06:18
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Dr. Dana, I'm praying for you, Colin and the search for him!
Rachel Miller, York SC
03/04/2016 01:54
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Dr. Madsen,
Our family is praying for you and your family. We ask that the Lord give you strength and and put his arms around you and carry you through this difficult time.



Chris, Westphlia
02/04/2016 10:49
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My thoughts and prayers go out to the Madsen family.
Gary May, Indiana
01/04/2016 16:34
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Dana, please know that our prayers are for you and Colin's safe return. Please let us know if we can do anything for you! Our hearts are with you! Love Mark and Denise
Denise and Mark Willroth, Jefferson City Mo
01/04/2016 07:11
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Our thoughts and prayers are with Colin and his family. I grew up with the Madsen family in Whitehall, MI and know them all well. They are wonderful people and our hearts are broken to learn of this news.
Johnny Fahner-Vihtelic, Rochester, NY USA
31/03/2016 03:44
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In my heart and prayers.
Deanna, West branch mi
31/03/2016 02:15
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Dana, I'm so sorry and worried for you and Colin. My best thoughts and prayers are with you...
Jewell Malick, Heath, tx
31/03/2016 00:51
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I went to school in Columbia with Colin. I really hope he is found safe. Thank you to everyone who is looking for him!!!
Katie, Clinton IL USA
30/03/2016 23:12
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Blessings to him and his family. Hoping he is found safe and sound.
Hugo, Mexico
30/03/2016 21:12
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Prayers he will be found safe. Prayers for his mom and family too!
Linda, Jefferson City MO
30/03/2016 11:34
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@Alicia, Hollywood Sorry , we corrected
Alexander , Siberian Times ,
30/03/2016 11:07
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My prayers are with this young man and his family. Hope he's found soon.
Enid, USA
30/03/2016 09:54
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He's my English teacher in Irkutsk, hopefully they could find him as soon as possible.
Nguyen Duc Duong, Ha noi, Viet Nam
30/03/2016 09:13
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Praying for the family and those helping in the search for Colin.
Debbie Sands, Jefferson City, Mo
30/03/2016 08:15
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