Skip to main content

Bachelor party group makes grisly discovery in RV cargo space

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A group of Minnesota friends who were on their way to the Kentucky Derby for a bachelor party have cancelled their trip after making a grisly discovery.

Law enforcement officials were called Thursday night to a Shopko parking lot just off Highway 61 in Winona after the men discovered a body in a rented motorhome. The Winona Daily News reports the body was found in an exterior cargo bin on the RV. Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack told the newspaper that the motorhome has been impounded and is being treated as a crime scene. He said the body has been taken to Mayo Clinic for an autopsy and formal identification.

KSTP reports the body was discovered by men who had rented the vehicle for a bachelor party. The station said that the men, who are in their mid-20s, had rented the RV from a private party in Anoka County before heading for Louisville.

Dan Trainor told the station that friends in Minneapolis picked up the RV on Thursday, then drove to Rochester to pick up Trainor. Trainor was driving the RV as the group traveled to Winona to pick up another friend. They pulled over in the parking lot of the closed Shopko store to check on a foul odor. Trainor said he saw the body when he looked in a storage compartment that was only accessible from the outside.

"I opened it up and I saw two legs and they're bruised or decomposing," Trainor said."I had never seen a dead body before."

Jake Wanek of Minneapolis also saw the body and described it to the Star Tribune as a man who “didn’t look fresh. Let’s put it that way.”

The newspaper reported that all of the men attending the bachelor party are either from Winona or attended college there. Wanek said that their bags are still in the motor home, described as more than 30 feet long with a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

Wanek said the bachelor party has been revised. The men now plan to stay in Winona Friday night and watch the Minnesota Wild playoff game. On Saturday, they will watch the Kentucky Derby at Canterbury Park instead.

ABCNewspapers reports that investigators have not revealed the cause and manner of death.

A press release from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says that the Anoka and Winona police departments, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Anoka County Sheriff's Office are investigating.

Next Up

nicolas blouin flickr fire hose

Fire departments decry drivers running over hoses, endangering crews

It happened in two separate Northland cities this week.

All Energy Solar - Bringing Panels to Roof

All Energy Solar reaches growth milestones with higher goals yet for 2022

Minnesota solar company continues to thrive through building a strong workforce

Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintoba crossing crop

Authorities ID family found frozen to death at MN-Canada border

They're still trying to unravel how they got there and who might have helped them.

covid

Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.

Fuzzy Gerdes Flickr Franks Diner Kenosha

WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved

Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.

FKISmwPWUAYZJW6

Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo

The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Band Box Diner Courtney Mault Flickr

MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed

MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 27

Cases remain very high but hospitalizations have been plateaued for the past week.

Related