Body found in wreckage of building burned during Minneapolis riots

Max It Pawn was burned during the riots on May 28.
smoke from riot fire in Minneapolis 5-29-2020

Officials on Monday found a body in the wreckage of a building that was burned during May's Minneapolis riots, according to a Minneapolis Police Department news release. 

Police and fire officials, as well as the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were going through burned wreckage at Max It Pawn on East Lake Street in Minneapolis when they bound the body of what is believed to be an adult man. 

Homicide detectives have taken over the case. The identity of the man and his cause of death will be released later. 

Last month, Montez Terriel Lee was charged with setting fire to Max It Pawn. The store was burned during the riots on May 28.

It was located close to the Minneapolis PD 3rd Precinct, which is where much of the damage and arson was concentrate.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at Tips are anonymous and could lead to a financial reward. 

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“ATF is working in close coordination with the Minneapolis Police Department in relation to this discovery," an ATF spokesperson said.

"It is an open investigation and we’re not at liberty to share further information at this time. ATF continues to work with our local, state and federal partners on the arson investigations throughout the Twin Cities and is following up on leads as they become available. The public is still encouraged to come forward with information they feel could aid in the arson investigations by emailing”

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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