Body found in wooded area near I-494 in Minnetonka

Police taped off an area near I-494 and Hwy. 62.
Publish date:

Police are currently at a scene off of Interstate 494 in Minnetonka, where a body has been found.

The discovery was made Wednesday morning in the 12600 block of Whitewater Drive, near where I-494 and Hwy. 62 meet. Minnetonka Police Department has confirmed that a death investigation is underway. 

"At approximately 7:34 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, Minnetonka Police were called to investigate a death near I-494 and Whitewater Drive. Employees of a nearby business discovered a deceased male in a wooded area and called 911," a statement from Minnetonka PD said. 

The victim's identity and cause of death have not been released. 

Sources have told BMTN that the discovery may be connected to a pursuit of a stolen vehicle that shut down both directions of I-494 near Hwy. 7 around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Bloomington Police Department said a suspect fled from the car on foot after stealing a vehicle in Bloomington, with police finding it abandoned on the busy interstate, sparking a search effort.

"The suspect fled from the car on foot and we are now assisting Minnetonka PD with the search," Bloomington PD said Tuesday evening. 

There has however been no official confirmation from police that it is connected to the I-494 search. 

This is a developing story. 

Next Up


Pair escape uninjured as plane crashes moments after takeoff

It crashed about a half mile southwest of Faribault Airport.

Screen Shot 2021-04-22 at 4.12.50 PM

For The Week: Making cocktails at home? Here's how to do it right

Lindsay Guentzel's For The Week column features simple food and drink tips.

coronavirus, covid-19

Mayo Clinic study provides 'best guess' about pandemic's future in MN

Minnesota could be seeing decreasing numbers into the summer if the study is correct.

daunte wright funeral - siblings

Mourners remember Daunte Wright, plead for justice

Wright was killed by a now-former Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11.


HealthPartners: COVID hospitalizations driven by unvaccinated, middle aged adults

The health provider says the average age of its hospitalized patients is trending downwards.

Andrew Thomas booking photo

Man suspected of shooting at National Guard in Minneapolis faces more charges

He has now been charged in Hennepin County District Court with more serious crimes.


Investigation finds EPA mishandled oversight for PolyMet mine permits

A new report found the EPA didn't follow its own procedures when it submitted comments on the proposed project.


MDH's new COVID guidance urges weekly testing for those involved in sports

Those not involved in school sports are still advised to get tested every two weeks.

Trey Lance

With loaded QB draft class, now is the time for Vikings to act

With a strong class, this year might be the time to select Kirk Cousins' successor.


Authorities investigating after body found in Lake Minnetonka

The body was found on the north side of the lake near Wayzata.

Screen Shot 2020-04-28 at 7.29.52 AM

Fatal crash closes ramp on I-494 in Minnetonka

Emergency responders are at the scene of the crash.

Plan around weekend roadwork on I-94, I-494, I-35W

Soon enough, the only thing that'll slow you down will be snow and ice.

Screen Shot 2020-12-16 at 7.23.36 AM

Vehicle on fire in Minnetonka blocks Highway 7 near 494

The incident happened right before the 494 entrance ramp.

494 and Rockford Road

Bridge replacement work over I-494 in Plymouth begins Tuesday

Get ready for some delays, it's construction season.

Body is found in a farm field near Willmar

The discovery was made on Wednesday afternoon.