UPDATE: Body Found in Vehicle near Sturgeon Lake Rest Stop

By KBJR News 1

UPDATE: Body Found in Vehicle near Sturgeon Lake Rest Stop

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 5:58 PM CDT

(NNCNOW.com) --- A rest-stop on I- 35 near Sturgeon Lake was closed Wednesday night after a person was found dead in a vehicle with a note warning bystanders not to open the door.

The Minnesota State Patrol confirmed that around 4 p.m. Wednesday a body was found in a car with a suicide note warning against opening the vehicle because it contained toxic gases.

A hazardous materials team was called in to assist.

Upon further inspection, a large wooden military ammunition crate was observed in the rear of the vehicle.

The crate displayed military explosives labeling.

Emergency responders evacuated the area and closed the rest area to the general public.

After several hours, it was determined that there were not explosives inside the vehicle and the ammunition crate was empty.

The chemical team inspected the inside of the vehicle and determined the hazardous chemicals in the vehicle were placed there deliberately by the victim to commit suicide.

Five emergency personnel believed to have been exposed to the toxic gases were treated and released from Essentia Hospital Sandstone from chemical vapor exposure.

The chemicals involved in this incident were household cleaning agents.

It's been determined that this is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.

This incident continues to be under investigation by the Pine County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the victim pending notification of family members.

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