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Man found dead in Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington identified

The 46-year-old man lived in Deephaven, Minnesota.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the man whose body was found in a creek at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington on Aug. 16

The release says 46-year-old Mark James Evans of Deephaven died from an accidental freshwater drowning at the wildlife refuge. His body was discovered by a person walking through the area around 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16. 

Foul player was never suspected, but it remains unclear what caused the accidental drowning. 

An obituary of Evans described him a former partner with Slocum & Associates and a Chief Investment Officer with Minneapolis-based JNBA Financial Advocates.

"Mark was kind, funny, caring, and generous. He cared deeply for those he loved and gave everyone clever nicknames," the obituary says. "He enjoyed spending time at the lake, traveling, and especially loved being with his family; the pride of his life were his two daughters."

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the federal U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and covers a vast stretch of land from Bloomington to Henderson, Minnesota.

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