On Oct. 13, Mato Dow of Redwood Falls disappeared.

Dow, who will turn 26 today (Nov. 16), was last seen in Redwood Falls more than a month ago during the early morning hours on South Minnesota Street, and he has not been seen since.

Described as an American Indian male with black hair and brown eyes and 5’7” in height, Dow was believed to be wearing a zip up gray hoodie – typically wearing a white or black t-shirt underneath it.

The investigation into Dow’s disappearance continues, as the Redwood Falls Police Department works in conjunction with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to find out any information they can about Dow’s whereabouts.

The BCA and Redwood Falls Police Department have taken the investigation to the next level recently by announcing a reward of up to $2,000 for information that will assist in finding Dow.

In order to celebrate his life and to keep him in the minds of people, a vigil is being held today in Redwood Falls. People are asked to gather at Westside Park near the tank today at 4:30 p.m. where family, friends and the community as a whole will keep Dow’s disappearance in the forefront of people’s minds.

“We wanted to do something for his 26th birthday,” said Elaine Dow, Mato’s aunt.

Having grown up in the Redwood Falls area, Dow said her nephew knew a lot of people, and this will help those who knew him to gather together to talk about him and to celebrate what he means to them. 

Elaine Dow said they have been working tirelessly to bring attention to Mato’s disappearance, adding they have placed flyers in communities around the area and have established a Facebook Page to keep people up to date on what has been happening.

Dow added the police department and BCA have been very helpful and are keeping the family updated on what has been taking place.

“This is as awful as it gets,” said Dow. “We know he did not just run away. Something happened to him.”

Dow added there have been lots of rumors floating around the area related to Mato’s disappearance, but the family has maintained focus on the truth and whatever information that has been offered to them by law enforcement.

“We just want him found,” said Dow.

The public is encouraged to attend the vigil.

Anyone with any information regarding the investigation is encouraged to contact the Redwood Falls Police Department by calling (507) 637-4005.