Update: Authorities ID remains of one man in St. Louis Co., uncover another in Blue Earth


Authorities in St. Louis County have identified the skeletal remains of a man found near McKinley last month.

A Mesabi Daily News report says the man was 56-year-old Barnabas Kalina Jr. His remains were found May 11, KSTP-TV reports, outside of the town near Hibbing.

The county's chief medical examiner identified him through dental X-rays. The cause of death hasn't been determined, but there are no visible signs of trauma, according to the Associated Press.

Kalina had been initially identified, the Duluth News Tribune reports, after the May finding because of personal belongings and several forms of identification found near the skeleton.

Information gathered at the site indicated the body was at the McKinley location since fall 2011, when his vehicle was found nearby, according to the News Tribune. Kalina’s skeletal remains were found near a mine dump in McKinley in St. Louis County on May 11 by a neighbor walking through the area. Kalina had never been reported as a missing person. He had lived in two other states after being in New York and had no run-ins with law enforcement in Minnesota.

Meanwhile, Blue Earth County deputies found the skeletal remains of a different body Thursday, in a heavily wooded, rural area of South Bend Township, according to WCCO.

The remains have not been identified, and the cause of death is unknown, but the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is now assisting the sheriff’s office. South Bend Township is just west of Mankato.

Investigators say the remains have been at the location for fewer than 12 months.

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