- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota county is reviewing policies at the local sheriff’s office after a man went missing shortly after being released from jail.

Ramsey County commissioners on Tuesday discussed what to do about departmental procedure as they relate to transporting inmates released from the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center.

Virgil Feather, 65, was held for six days last year for failing to make payments on a drunken-driving charge from 2008. Feather was released on Nov. 15, and authorities believe a deputy dropped him off near the border of Ramsey and Benson counties. It was unseasonably warm at the time.

Feather was reported missing about two weeks later. He was found dead in March.

Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson said his department often gives inmates rides in the interest of community service. He said weather and the wishes of those being transported are also considered.

“We aren’t taxi service, but we’ll help out here and there,” Nelson said. “We do it all the time.”

The county line is about 17 miles from where Feather lived in rural Tokio, near Devil’s Heart.

“What happened from there is sad, but it’s out of our control,” Nelson said.

None of the commissioners disagreed with the procedural review. Ramsey County state’s attorney Kari Agotness said she will research the policy before the next regular meeting of the board.

The FBI is currently investigating Feather’s death. Feather was a local artist whose work has been displayed in museums and other venues.

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