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Search for young man missing more than 2 years turns up human bones

Kenneth Scott Kleppen's family searched for an answer for more than two years.

For more than two years, Kenneth Scott Kleppen's family searched.

"When will this nightmare end?" his mother Kim wrote on Jan. 29, about a month away from the anniversary the 22-year-old Kenneth went missing in Sandstone. "Every day I think about the things we last said to each other and did together. I think about the way his voice sounds and the infectious giggle he has! I wonder if I will ever see or hear from him again."

This past weekend, a private search effort with United Legacy, law enforcement and Kleppen's family discovered a likely answer to what happened.

The Pine County Sheriff's Office says the search team found human bones in a remote area while out looking for Scott. Testing to determine whose remains they are is being done.

But the group Hand-in-Hand search for Scott Kleppen, where his mother and father have been posting emotional thoughts for months on end now, expects it is their missing loved one.

"It is with our sincerest regret to inform you all that we have found Scott an angel and are in the process of bringing​ him home," they wrote in an update Tuesday. "We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support each and every one you has given. ... And with that we will continue to move forward using Love as our compass."

Kleppen was last seen leaving his Sandstone home on March 3, 2015. His vehicle was found in Robinson Park in Pine County two days later.

His family said he'd recently lost his job, and left a note about finding happiness. He loved the book Into the Wild and may have gone to live off the land.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has 86 Minnesotans listed as missing – some cases date back decades, still without an answer.

The Pine County Sheriff's Office says it does not suspect foul play in connection with the remains recovered this week.

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