Human remains found by farmer south of the Twin Cities identified as 2019 car crash victim

The 36-year-old had been missing since his vehicle was found crashed in a ditch.
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View of Kane Trail and Lamb Ave. in rural Rice County. 

View of Kane Trail and Lamb Ave. in rural Rice County. 

The remains of a car crash victim from 2019 were recently discovered by a farmer in southeast Minnesota. 

According to the Rice County Sheriff's Office, a farmer who was planting beans in a field about 5 miles east of Northfield found human remains in a grassy area near the field on May 7. 

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office identified the remains as Manuel Ramirez, 36, of Kenyon, Minnesota. Ramirez had been missing since his unoccupied vehicle was found crashed in a ditch near where his remains were found. 

The crash, which happened Oct. 28, 2019, led to investigators searching the area on multiple occasions with no success finding Ramirez. In the months that followed, investigators tracked possible leads but none led to a discovery of Ramirez. 

Foul play is not suspected and the cause of Ramirez's death is still under investigation. 

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