Human Remains Likely Those of New York Man

By KBJR News 1

May 13, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM CDT

McKinley, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Authorities say the human remains found near a mine dump in McKinley Saturday are likely those of a man from New York.

Authorities say the remains were found Saturday, somewhere in the woods near McKinley, which is now the site of the ongoing investigation.

Officials say a neighbor walking in the area found the skeletal remains, and then called authorities. The BCA was on scene throughout the weekend and the Sheriff's Office says personal belongings, including IDs, found near the remains indicate they belong to a man from New York.

"It was determined he was originally from New York, however he lived in two other states," said Lt. Ed Kippley of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Kippley says the man was not reported missing. Authorities believe he had been in the McKinley area since the fall of 2011.

A neighbor tells the Northland's NewsCenter that he found a laptop and other personal belongings in the area back in 2011. Sheriff's Office officials say those items could be potentially linked to this case.

However, there is no way to be certain of anything until results come back from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner.

"Everything hinges on the cause, the positive ID [of the remains] and the cause of death," said Kippley.

Authorities say they're working with law enforcement officials from New York and the other states where the man is believed to have lived.

Meanwhile, they're asking anyone with information to contact the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office in Virginia.