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Remains found near Cottonwood River ID'd as missing man

His remains were found next to a gun on Sunday, July 29.

An autopsy has confirmed that human remains found near the rest area on Hwy. 4 near the Cottonwood River in southern Minnesota are that of Vincent Hugo Mathiowetz. 

Mathiowetz, 73, of Sleepy Eye, was reported missing on June 3 after his vehicle was discovered south of the southern Minnesota town at a boat landing on the Cottonwood River. 

Multiple search and rescue efforts were conducted, but heavy rains and rising river levels made conditions difficult and it wasn't until last Sunday that his remains were discovered. 

The Brown County Sheriff's Office was alerted to his discovery by a person at the rest stop who called to report finding what they thought were human bones and a gun. 

Officers responded and discovered a revolver, human bone remains, blue jeans, a red t-shirt, brown "work type" boots, a watch, glasses, and a driver's license belonging to Mathiowetz.

When he was reported missing in June, it was noted that he was last seen wearing clothing that matched the above discoveries. 

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office positively identified the remains based off dental records. 

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