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Investigators urge family of missing Anoka man to prepare for worst

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Another day of searching for a missing father of two young children turned up no results on Sunday, and his family admits they are losing hope of finding him alive as investigators urge them to prepare for the worst.

Police say 22-year-old Kevin Casserly was last seen on Nov. 12 in Anoka, on foot without shoes near Ferry Street and Highway 10. He hasn't been seen or reported to work at Lakeland Tool & Engineering since.

No activity has been seen on his bank account, and his white, 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found on the 2900 block of 7th Avenue in Anoka with an empty tank of gas.

Casserly's family says he is a struggling meth addict with a lengthy rap sheet, but he has stayed out of trouble the last two years and was holding down his job.

Investigators do say they are working on some serious leads to determine what happened to Casserly; however, neither police nor Casserly's family members want to reveal details that could jeopardize the investigation; however, Casserly's mother confirmed police old her "they were looking for a body."

"It's very difficult, but we're still trying to hope that he's alive," Karen Casserly said.

Casserly's mother also told Fox 9 News that Anoka County deputies have identified some people of interest who may know more about her son's disappearance, and his father said there may be surveillance footage of his son on the day he vanished too. Officers have not confirmed those details.

The search for Casserly continued early Sunday as volunteers gathered in the parking lot of the Anoka Metro Transit station and then fanned out through the community. Fliers can be seen on many downtown storefronts.

Family members say Casserly lived by himself on the top floor of a duplex on Wingfield Avenue. Once they got inside, they found none of his belongings were missing, adding to the mystery of what happened to him. 

As for Casserly's 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, both have always been in the custody of his mother; however, she said their father made more attempts to be involved in their lives recently.

"I had to tell them this morning that their dad was missing, and Jeremiah said, 'Let's get out there and find him,'" Karen Casserly said. "They don't understand what 'missing' means.'"

For now, the Casserly's continue to hope more people will call in tips to help police piece together what happened to him.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Anoka County Sheriff's Office at 763-422-7503 or by sending an e-mail to sheriff@co.anoka.mn.us.

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