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'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.

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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 CrimeStoppersMN.org. All tips are anonymous and may lead to a financial reward.

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