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Police find human remains

NEW ULM — Police say they may have found objects that belonged to Vincent Mathiowetz, 73, who was reported missing from Sleepy Eye in June.

On July 29 at approximately 10:46 a.m. law enforcement was contacted by a citizen using the rest area on Highway 4 near the Cottonwood River who said they observed a gun, clothing and what appeared to be bone, according to a press release from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Sleepy Eye Police Department responded and processed the scene where a revolver, human bone remains, blue jeans, red-t-shirt, brown work type boots, a watch, eye glasses and a driver’s license belonging to Mathiowetz were found, said the press release.

The human bone remains will be taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office to be compared with known DNA samples that were previously collected from family members for a positive identification, said the release.

The area where the human bone remains were found was in the general area where previous searches were conducted, said the release.

On Sunday, June 3, at approximately 12:13 p.m., the Sleepy Eye Police Department received a report of a missing person. An attempt to locate Mathiowetz was launched. At approximately 1:37 p.m. a vehicle belonging to him was located south of Sleepy Eye (approximately 3 miles) at a boat landing on Highway 4 near the Cottonwood River. The Sleepy Eye Police Department was informed that Mathiowetz had shown signs of depression prior to the reports.

Mathiowetz was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red t-shirt, a blue and white flannel with brown work boots and was known to wear glasses and a watch. The search of the area was conducted by the Sleepy Eye Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, New Ulm Police Department K-9 unit, Sleepy Eye Fire Department, New Ulm Fire Department, Minnesota DNR, Renville County Sheriff’s Office drone, a drone provided by Bolton and Menk, the Minnesota State Patrol – Flight Section and Northstar Search and Rescue.

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