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Body found in Forest Lake by morel hunter identified as missing man

Police confirmed that the body belonged to Mark Kurtz.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m. 

The body found in a wooded area in Forest Lake on Thursday morning has been identified as missing 55-year-old Mark Kurtz.

Kurtz walked away from his home on Apr. 23, and was last seen a short time after at a Holiday station store.

"There is no evidence of foul play, no threat to the community, and we are not searching for any suspects," Forest Lake PD said in a press release.

Original story

A man searching for morel mushrooms came across a body in Forest Lake on Thursday morning.

The Forest Lake Police Department said the body was found in a wooded area behind the CenturyLink building at 91 11th Avenue Southwest around 9:30 a.m.

The wooded area is also behind a Pizza Hut and a small retail park that includes an Ace Hardware and the Willowbrook Community Church.

Police are now working to identify the body, though no foul play is suspected in the death.

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More information is expected to be released when the body has been seen by the Ramsey County medical examiner's office.

Last month, Forest Lake PD issued an appeal to find a missing 55-year-old man.

The department didn't comment when asked by the Pioneer Press if the cases were linked.

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