Alcohol a 'significant' factor in death of MN man found in Mississippi River

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Alcohol intoxication was a "significant" factor in the death of a young Monticello man, whose body was found in the Mississippi River earlier this month, the Anoka County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday.

Joseph Brunn, 23, was reported missing on Oct. 3 following a wedding in Otsego.

He had reportedly left the Boondox Bar and Grille around 2 a.m., walked past the nearby Holiday Inn, and was last seen walking toward a field.

Thousands of people turned out to search for the man in the days following his disappearance, but efforts were eventually called off when the Wright County Sheriff's Department recovered his body in the river on the morning of Oct. 8.

The medical examiner found Brunn died of an apparent drowning, noting alcohol intoxication was listed as a "significant condition."

His death has been ruled an accident, the report says.

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