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Gun, bones found in area where southern Minnesota man went missing

The medical examiner will compare DNA samples before identifying the remains.

Human remains and a gun were found by a person at rest stop off Hwy. 4 near the Cottonwood River in southern Minnesota on Sunday morning. 

According to the Brown County Sheriff's Office, the citizen called to report that they'd found a gun, clothing and what they thought was human bones. Officers responded to the scene and discovered a revolver, human bone remains, blue jeans, a red t-shirt, brown "work type" boots, a watch, glasses, and a driver's license belonging to Vincent Mathiowetz. 

Mathiowetz, 73, of Sleepy Eye, was reported missing on June 3 after his vehicle was found south of Sleepy Eye at a boat landing on Hwy. 4 near the Cottonwood River – and he was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red t-shirt, brown work boots and was known to wear a watch and glasses. 

Multiple searches for Mathiowetz were conducted but extreme rainfall in the area caused the Cottonwood River to rise to unsafe search levels, so many of the searches were called off. 

Police have not identified the human remains as Mathiowetz, but the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office will compare his DNA to the DNA from the bones found Sunday.

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