Body officially identified as Brainerd dad who vanished on July 4

The cause of death is still being determined.

Medical examiners have confirmed that the body found during a search in Brainerd last week is John Alan Greenwaldt, a local man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in July. 

Brainerd police said in a Monday news release that the cause of death is still undetermined, and there's still no word yet on whether foul play is suspected. 

Greenwaldt, a father of four young kids, was last seen on July 4 getting into an "unknown vehicle." About two weeks later, his family reported him missing.

Then, last Thursday, searchers found his remains in a wooded area just off a local trail.

According to the Facebook page Bring John Home, over 30 volunteers turned out to help in last week's search effort. 

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help Greenwaldt's family pay for "final costs" and a memorial. 

The case is still under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In the meantime, the Brainerd Police Department is asking anyone with information about Greenwaldt's death to contact them at 218-829-2805. 

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