Skip to main content

'This is a pretty different case': Dismembered body found in Minneapolis identified

The victim has been identified as a 36-year-old man.

The dismembered body discovered scattered in Northeast Minneapolis has been positivity identified by the medical examiner's office as 36-year-old Adam Richard Johnson, believed to be from Minneapolis. 

"We have been able to ID our victim as Adam Richard Johnson, 36 years of age, believed to be from Minneapolis," police spokesperson John Elder said around 8:30 p.m. Friday. "Mr. Johnson's nature and cause of death will be determined at a later time by the medical examiner's office."

Johnson was identified one day after a passerby spotted human remains on the 300 block of Northeast Main Street, near the Mississippi River, at 9:29 a.m. Thursday. While police were recovering body parts in that area, they were alerted that more body parts were found in the area of University Avenue and Northeast Third Street in Minneapolis. 

"We continue to ask for the public's help in providing information about Mr. Johnson and anything that people know that may have led up to his tragic death," said Elder. 

Elder noted that not all of Johnson's body parts have been recovered: "I can tell you that we do not have all necessary parts," he said, noting that investigators believe the homicide took place recently.

There is no evidence at this point to suggest Johnson had been reported missing prior to his remains being discovered. 

"There's zero reason for us to believe that this is any pattern," said Elder. "We have gone through all of our records and have not found any similarities. This is a pretty different case. This is one that sticks with you. We even went back many, many years speaking with previous investigators and they didn't recall anything similar to this." 

Elder added: "This appeared to be a very focused attack. This did not appear to be random." 

Elder is asking people to be vigilant of their surroundings and call 911 if anyone sees something suspicious or that could be part of this crime.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Police are working with the Minnesota Search and Rescue Association, which brought in search dogs and cadaver dogs to help look for additional remains. 

Anyone who has information on this case is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a tip online at All tips are anonymous and may lead to a financial reward.

Next Up

Willmar Police Department

Police: Suspect arrested in Willmar after firing gun at officer

The incident led to a manhunt that lasted into early Sunday morning.

Monti Ossenfort

Vikings lead off general manager interviews with Monti Ossenfort

Several candidates will interview for the job this week.

Payton Willis

Gophers' rally comes up short, lose to Iowa

The Gophers came back from a 23-point deficit but couldn't complete the comeback.


Firefighters respond to smoke-filled cabin to find man asleep inside

A wood stove was determined to be the cause of the smoke.

snow plow msp airport

MSP snowplow drivers reach contract agreement after threatening strike

Teamsters Local 320 reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission Saturday.

Kellen Moore

What you should know about the Vikings' head coach candidates

Seven candidates were revealed on Saturday morning.

20211010_Vikings_Lions_REG05_1119 (2)

What is the next Minnesota Vikings GM inheriting?

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Vikings' roster and situation


Man dies after being 'punched in the head' during altercation in Duluth

A 46-year-old man is in custody and facing 1st-degree manslaughter charges.

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders says Zimmer, Spielman hadn't spoken 'in months'

Sanders' comments revealed some of the Vikings' issues last season.

police tape, crime scene

Brooklyn Park man pleads guilty in 2020 fatal drive-by shooting

Devon Manley will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.


police tape

'Human body parts' found in NE Minneapolis prompt homicide investigation

The body parts were discovered around 9:20 a.m. Thursday.

Go Fund Me - Adam Richard Johnson

Remains in Mississippi mark 4th discovery of man's dismembered body parts

Officials on Tuesday confirmed the remains found July 4 are those of Adam Johnson.

Minneapolis police

More body parts found in 2nd area of Northeast Minneapolis

Police are looking for additional body parts.

minneapolis police

Body found in Minneapolis Friday being investigated as a homicide

The victim was found dead inside a home around 10:30 a.m.

Screen Shot 2019-08-13 at 10.13.00 AM

Body found on railroad bridge in northeast Minneapolis

The body was found around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

police tape, crime scene

Shooting kills 1, injures 1; is Minneapolis' 65th homicide of 2020

It's reportedly the 10th homicide of a victim younger than 18 years old.

Minneapolis police

Police: Man found 'slumped over' in vehicle was fatally shot

The victim was found in the vehicle around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.