The partial skeletal remains of a what appears to be an adult have been found in in a wooded area of South Bend Township in Blue Earth County, the Mankato Free Press reports.
The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office was called to the area -- which is about six miles west of Mankato -- at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday evening after a report of somebody finding the remains. Chief Deputy Mike Maurer says the person who made the discovery is not under suspicion for the death.
Investigators say the remains have been at the location for fewer than 12 months.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the case, and the remains have been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for further analysis.
The cause of death is currently unknown.
Maurer said there are no missing persons cases open that could be possibly tied to the remains.