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Body found near I-90 at Albert Lea; foul play suspected

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A body was found last Monday afternoon near interstates 35 and 90 just northwest of Albert Lea, and authorities say foul play might be involved.
The body is thought to be that of a man and likely had been there about two years, said Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag. The death is considered suspicious because the body was found against a fence about 50 feet south of Interstate 90 and not far from a convenience store on Highway 13, Freitag said. The man likely would have sought help from passersby or at the store had he been alive where he was found, the sheriff added.
On a stormy Tuesday afternoon, Freitag showed news media members the freshly dug area where the body had been found about 6 p.m. a day earlier. The property owner was removing garbage when he saw what he thought was a skull, explored further and found bones sunken into the soil, Freitag said.
Authorities think the body is that of a male because of a ring they found; they also found clothing. The ring is described as 10-carat gold with a large, red stone.
The body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the first phase of an autopsy is complete. More information will be released once a second, more detailed phase is conducted, a news release states.
Freitag said he couldn’t recall remains being found in Freeborn County previously, and a news release states that the county has no missing-person cases that could be linked with the body. The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, with help from the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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