BY GABE LICHT
WRIGHT COUNTY, MN A Delano man, reported missing Wednesday afternoon, has been found.
According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Aaron Luebke, 31, was reported missing at about 2:02 p.m. Wednesday. Family members told deputies that Luebke had not been seen since about 11 p.m. the previous evening after leaving a business in Buffalo.
Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, searchers located Luebke’s Honda Civic near the intersection of 65th Street and Farmington Ave in a swampy area just outside Delano. Luebke was found deceased about 15 feet from the vehicle.
The incident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
Luebke’s sister, Stephanie (Luebke) Walters, reflected on her brother’s life.
“No. 1, everyone will point out he’s a dad to my nephew, Aiden, and he was his pride and joy and priority,” Walters said. “He enjoyed helping coach Aiden’s baseball team this summer.”
Walters said Luebke was also close with her son, Carter.
“We’re a very close-knit family and raise our kids together,” Walters said.
She said her brother was always willing to help others, whether they were friends, neighbors, or strangers.
His smile was a common sight.
“He was known for his giant smile and laugh that you could hear from a mile away and know that it was his,” Walters said.
She is grateful for the community’s support.
“We want to thank the community of Delano and all the friends, family, and strangers alike who acted very quickly once we got the information,” said Walters, who first posted on Facebook about her brother’s disappearance at 3:22 p.m. Wednesday.
She said it was not the first time the community rallied around her family.
“My dad (Dale) was in a motorcycle accident nine years ago,” Walters said. “The day he was released from the hospital, we found out my mom (Lori) had stage 3 breast cancer. The community of Delano has supported us through some very tough times.”
A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, with doors opening at 2 p.m., at Medina Entertainment Center.
The Aaron Luebke Memorial Fund has been established at State Bank of Delano. A gofundme page has also been established at www.gofundme.com/45rn4ew?pc=em_sf_co2876_v1&rcid=db6a0d25ce534a9bbfbc937d1a330c4f.