UPDATE 8/7/17 – A U.S. Border Patrol Helicopter found Ronald and Mary’s car in a rural area west of Highway 2 in the Brookston area. The couple was found dead inside. No foul play is suspected.
The Find Ronald and Mary Tarnowski Facebook page posted:
“It is with great sadness that we must report that Ron and Mary Tarnowski have been found deceased in a remote area about a mile from their hunting camp. The family would like to thank the many men and women of law enforcement, the active and retired fire fighters, St Louis County Rescue Squad, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the overwhelming support of the community and the media for the diligent efforts this past week.”
Original Story: Ronald Tarnowski, 82 and Mary Tarnowski, 79, from Duluth, Minn. were spotted around 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Wells Fargo branch near Haines Road and Miller Trunk Highway. The family and authorities have been searching for a week and still have not been able to locate the couple. They are asking for the public to keep an eye out for them and also their car, a pewter 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe with black plastic fender flares with Minnesota plates 852JXG. The Tahoe they are driving has the passenger side running board stuck in the down position. A similar vehicle is pictured.
“We have been searching everywhere,” Karl Tarnowski told the Duluth news. “We’ve been down a lot of roads, but we haven’t been down your road. When you leave your home in the morning, when you return from work in the daytime, when you go in the evening to you kids’ soccer game, please look for that Tahoe.”
Ron has early stage dementia and Mary has right-sided paralysis and difficulty speaking due to a stroke many years ago. The family comes to their home everyday to check on them and Ron and Mary only left to go to nearby restaurants.
The police have asked the public to check their properties and to look down embankments or deserted roads for the couple’s car.