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Body found in Colo. homicide ID'd as that of Mankato native

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Authorities have confirmed that the body of a man found in Colorado is that of David Noren, a man with Mankato, Minn., ties who has been missing since May 20, CBS4 in Denver reports. His decomposed body was discovered by hikers Friday along a road in Clear Creek County west of Denver.

“Detectives with assistance from the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office positively identified the body as that of David Noren,” Steve Davis with Lakewood police said in a statement, CBS reported.

An autopsy indicates that Noren, 49, was killed, Davis said.

Noren's roommate in Lakewood, Colo., Ryan Boyd Hicks, 34, was questioned earlier in the case of Noren's disappearance. Now investigators in Colorado have issued an arrest warrant for Hicks on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and illegal possession of a financial credit device, KEYC in Mankato reports.

KEYC has said Noren is a Mankato native. Authorities have said they found evidence of foul play where Noren and Hicks lived, although they have not offered details, KEYC reports.

The identification of the body will bring some closure to the family, Noren's sister Vicki Noren Taylor told 7 NEWS in Denver.

“We’re just glad that he was found, that we can move forward and hopefully an arrest will be made,” she said.

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