Human remains found in Mississippi River in Minneapolis

It is unknown at this point if these remains may be connected to the case of Adam Johnson.
Hennepin Island Park, near where human remains were recovered July 4, 2021.

Hennepin Island Park, near where human remains were recovered July 4, 2021.

Authorities are investigating the discovery of what are believed to be human remains pulled from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis Sunday night.

The remains were recovered around 8:40 p.m. July 4, in the river near 315 Main Street SE, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said, with county water patrol deputies meeting Minneapolis police officers at the scene. 

Details beyond that remain opaque.

The sheriff's office said the Minneapolis Police Department is part of the investigation. The Mississippi River, however, isn't typically part of MPD's jurisdiction. 

The discovery of these most recent remains is just blocks from other locations where the dismembered body parts of Adam Johnson were found in late June. Whether this case is related to the Minneapolis Police Department's investigation into Johnson's homicide remains to be seen. 

A spokesperson for the police department said officers responded July 4 in a support capacity, and that while MPD isn't currently actively investigating, it stands ready to take over the case should the sheriff's office determine it is indeed part of their jurisdiction. He declined to provide more information about the type of remains found.

"We have an item removed from the water. The water belongs to the sheriff's office," the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, when asked if the remains found Sunday may be connected to the Johnson case, said it was offering no further comment at this time. When asked about MPD's involvement, the spokesperson said: "It’s routine to work together on a case like this in which both agencies responses to the scene."

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner "will release additional information about the remains" when it is appropriate, the sheriff's office said. 

Reporters Lou Raguse and Mary McGuire say Johnson's family members have been notified, and they will be updated when the remains are identified.

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