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Missing Brainerd man had strong bonds with family, friends in Verndale area

Photo provided Vincent Sellnow stands with his girlfriend Kayla Willis at her parents' place.

The body of a 28-year-old former Sebeka area resident was found after a search and rescue operation May 8.

Vincent Sellnow was visiting his grandmother's Verndale area farm from Brainerd when he left on a three-wheeler and was reported missing.

According to the press release from the Todd County Sheriff's Office, the report was received Monday afternoon with concerns for his well-being after Sellnow had left the residence on County Road 77.

A search and rescue operation was underway Tuesday with friends and relatives, the Verndale Fire Department, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office and the Todd County Sheriff's Office.

Verndale firefighters were paged at approximately 8:20 a.m. and asked to bring ATVs. They headed south about 8:45 a.m.

The press release said at approximately 1:30 p.m., Sellnow's body was located in a swampy area of Section 16 of Bartlett Township, and that it was apparent Sellnow died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sellnow's family members described him as an avid outdoorsman and a kind person.

As a kid, Sellnow grew up in the Sebeka area until 1997 when the family moved to Brainerd. He was an electrician employed by Mark's Electric of Detroit Lakes.

He graduated in 2002 from high school in Brainerd and was a wrestler.

Sellnow also had many friends and family members in the Verndale area.

His father, Richard Sellnow, said Vincent enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his work and never missed a day.

His mother, Doreen Sellnow, said her son loved his family and friends.

"He's got a new little nephew on the way in August around his birthday," she said.

Vincent was the firstborn of two siblings, and his sister, Jackie Wood, is about six months pregnant.

"He was an outdoorsman. Very kind and loving," his grandmother, Lorraine Sellnow, said. "He would do anything for you."

"We always hunted, joked about hunting," Wood said. "We always competed for the biggest deer each year."

Wood's husband Brian is a coach in Crosby, and Vince had been planning to help him with some wrestling moves.

"He was always farming, doing deer plots, anything like that," Wood said.

Vincent had given his girlfriend, Kayla Willis, a promise ring about a month ago.

"He will be dearly missed," Willis wrote to the Pioneer Journal.

Doreen said Vince would be buried in Verndale next to relatives who preceeded him in death.