January 14, 2021 - 10:30 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The two northwest Iowa 17-year-olds who had been the subject of a search since disappearing from Sheldon High School Monday morning, have been found in Idaho.

O’Brien County Sheriff Bruce Devereaux tells KIWA that 17-year-olds Paije Bergstrom and Dakota Menter are safe and in the custody of Idaho authorities.

Authorities say Bergstrom and Menter had parked behind a homeless shelter in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho. According to Devereaux, someone called police to report their car as a suspicious vehicle. He says when Idaho officers arrived to check on the car, they contacted the girls and when running a computer check on the car’s license plate number, discovered that Iowa authorities were searching for the pair.

Devereaux says the pair were taken into custody by Coeur D’Alene police and are being held in a juvenile facility until they can be picked up.

Both Devereaux and his Osceola County counterpart, Sheriff Kevin Wollmuth, expressed their gratitude for everyone who assisted in their investigation.


Update posted at 9:04 am, January 14, 2021

UPDATE: According to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, the missing juveniles have been located. The Sheriff’s Office thanks everyone for their help.


Northwest Iowa — Two 17-year-old northwest Iowa girls are missing and authorities in O’Brien and Osceola Counties are seeking the public’s help in locating them.

According to O’Brien County Sheriff Bruce Devereaux, 17-year-old Paije Bergstrom was last seen Monday morning around 7:30 at the Sheldon High School.

Osceola County Sheriff Kevin Wollmuth says 17-year-old Dakota Rose Menter has also been reported missing.

According to Devereaux, the pair were seen leaving Sheldon High School Monday morning in Bergstrom’s red 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4-door. That car bears Iowa blackout license plates, IZV319.

Devereaux says information received by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office indicates that the girls left Estherville Tuesday bound for Mankato, Minnesota. From there they were thought to be headed to Oregon.

Photos of the girls can be viewed above.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of either Bergstrom or Menter, please contact either the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office at 712-957-3415, or the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 712-754-2556.

Photo: Paije Bergstrom (L), Dakota Menter (C & R)

The girls were last seen in a car similar to the one pictured below….


Original Post 12:04 pm, January 12, 2021

Sibley/Sheldon, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help trying to find a missing juvenile.

According to Osceola County Sheriff officials, the missing juvenile is Dakota Rose Menter. They tell us she is a 17-year old female. She is five feet, five inches tall, and weighs about 110 pounds. She is described as having brown hair and brown eyes.

They tell us Menter was last seen leaving the Sheldon High School with a friend in a red Pontiac Grand Am at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 11th. They say she was wearing a red shirt, light-colored jeans, and red shoes. The information we received says that Menter could possibly be in the Estherville, Iowa; or Worthington, Minnesota areas.

The sheriff’s office asks that if you see Dakota Menter or know her whereabouts, please contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 712-754-2556.

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