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Hunter who went missing in northern MN is found dead

He was reported missing on Sunday and his body was found Tuesday morning.

A hunter who was reported missing on Sunday has been found dead, the Becker County Sheriff's Office said.

Paul Sandstrom, 58, of Blaine, was reported missing Sunday afternoon hours after he failed to meet up with his hunting group at 11:30 a.m. as they had planned. 

He was last seen in the Gardner Lakes area near Bad Medicine Lake in the northern portion of Becker County, with the sheriff's office noting the area is "heavily wooded" and has "several small lakes and ponds."

Crews had been searching for Sandstrom over the past two days, and at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday searchers found him dead, the sheriff's office said. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Sandstrom's family and friends," the sheriff's office said. "We would like to thank all those who assisted in the search."

The case is still under investigation, but there's no foul play suspected. The sheriff's office did not release any other details about where Sandstrom was found or how he may have died. 

When Sandstrom went missing, temperatures across the state were mild, but a cold front Monday brought the chance for some snow and dropped temperatures below freezing, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday marked the opening to Minnesota's firearm deer hunting season.

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