Todd Jay Hanson

Above: Hanson, circa 1989


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 2, 1993 from St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 19, 1968
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 155 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Hanson has a scar on his right forearm and wrist.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hanson and a friend, 22-year-old Chad Birkeland, disappeared from south St. Paul, Minnesota on May 2, 1993. They were driving a gold Toyota Tercel at the time. On May 13, Birkeland's body was found in the Mississippi River near Hastings, Minnesota. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. Hanson has never been located.

    In 1995, eight men were arrested on methamphetamine charges at a home in Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin. Diamond Bluff borders the Mississippi River and is near the Minnesota state border. Investigators excavated the yard of the property. They were reportedly looking for Hanson's body and other evidence, but all they found was two vehicles. Authorities stated the focus of the search was not for Hanson's body but for evidence in the drug investigation. Hanson's disappearance remains unsolved. Newport, Minnesota police are investigating.

    Above: Chad Birkeland


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Newport Police Department


    Source Information
    Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
    The St. Paul Pioneer Press


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 3, 2014; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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