Missing MN National Guard soldier found dead near Duluth

The body of Joel Costa was found a day after he failed to show for drill duty.

The body of a Minnesota National Guard soldier has been found in the Northland countryside a day after he was reported missing.

St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Joel Costa, 32, of Fredenberg Township, was found dead on a rural road north of Duluth at 7 p.m. Sunday.

He was found along with his Honda Accord, the sheriff's office said, and no foul play is suspected in his death.

Costa had been reported missing Saturday morning when he failed to report for weekend drill duty with the National Guard.

He was last seen at Lady Vi's club in Superior, Wisconsin, at around 11:30 p.m. Friday, having earlier been at the adjacent Centerfold's club at 10:45 p.m.

According to a Facebook post by missing persons group Minnesota United, Costa was invited to a party that night but declined, saying he needed to be up at 4:30 a.m. for drill duty.

"The family cannot extend enough thanks for everyone's help in sharing Joel's information, your kind thoughts and words and everyone who jumped in to help," a statement on the page said.

"We appreciate each and every one of you as well. We could not do what we do without your help. Please keep Joel's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers."

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