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American man goes missing in Siberia

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 Dana, Colin, family, search and rescue! Please bring all of them home safe and sound! Love and blessings to all!
Deb Zabokrtsky, Washington, KS USA
30/03/2016 07:48
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Cale is his brother. Colin's mom is Dana.
Alicia, Hollywood, Florida
30/03/2016 06:35
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Hugs and prayers love you Dr Madsen
Patty Ousley, Auxvasse missouri
30/03/2016 05:41
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To all the people searching for Colin, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are praying for Colin and his mother.
Dan & Carol Mesey, California, Missouri
30/03/2016 05:31
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Thank you for helping,Dr Madsen find her son. We are all praying for a safe return of both of them. She is a wonderful person,a mother so worried about her son. Many prayers!
Linda Mckague, Chamois,Mo. USA
30/03/2016 04:20
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If he left without a coat in sub-zero temperatures....
Enrique, Spain
30/03/2016 03:06
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Colin is a very close friend. I feel helpless as I read this and hope they find him very soon.
Marie, Seattle
30/03/2016 02:12
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Thank you to all who are searching. Coin's mother, Dana has been a dear friend for many years. I am adding my prayers.
Connie Niebruegge , Owensville, MO
30/03/2016 01:25
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Thank you to everyone who is searching for Colin. I hope he is found quickly and is safe. My heart goes out to him, his family and friends.
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
29/03/2016 18:32
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