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Man found dead near abandoned car in rural west-central Minnesota

An investigation is now underway.

A report of an abandoned vehicle led to the discovery of a body in rural west-central Minnesota.

When Chippewa County sheriff's deputies responded early Friday afternoon, they began a search for 62-year-old Brian Fischer — ultimately finding him dead "in the area of the abandoned vehicle."

An investigation is now underway, the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. 

Fischer was a resident of Clara City, Minnesota, also located in Chippewa County. 

Few details surrounding the case have been disclosed, but the local sheriff says it does not believe Fischer's death "was a result of criminal activity."

His body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minnesota, to determine official cause of death. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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