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Body found in median of Hwy. 169 could be previous night crash victim

Scanner audio reveals that a passerby saw the body twice and reported it to authorities.

A body found in the center media along Hwy. 169 at Canterbury Road Thursday could be the body of a crash victim from the night before. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has confirmed that Shakopee Police Department was alerted to the body around 3 p.m. by a passerby. But more details can be found through emergency scanner audio. 

Bring Me The News has reviewed audio that includes a dispatch operator contacting police saying a man reported seeing the body, noting that he thought he saw the body on his way to work Thursday morning and decided to report it after seeing the body again on his way home. 

"The caller believes it's a human that he saw on his way to work and then decided to call on his way back home when he drove back by it," the dispatch operator says in the scanner audio. 

An officer responds, noting that a crash from the night before at the same location included "reports that one fled on foot but they couldn't find any tracks in the snow." 

The BCA notes that the State Patrol had been called to a three-car crash near the same location at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday.

More audio between officers includes one telling another: "This looks like it was related to your crash from last night, it might be the guy that was missing from your crash that they thought took off, so you might want to come out here."

The discovery at around 3 p.m. caused the brief closure of the northbound highway, with one lane temporarily shut down on southbound Hwy. 169, too. 

At this stage, it's has not been confirmed that the Wednesday night crash and Thursday discovery of the body are linked.

The victim's identity will be released at a later date by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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