McKinley, MN (NNCNOW.com) - According to McKinley Maintenance Worker Rob Perpich, he discovered the garbage bags in 2011 that are now being held as evidence near the scene of the remains, and held onto them when he realized they were filled with more than just garbage.
The bags contained everything from financial statements and credit cards, to resumes and tuition receipts--in all, virtually every aspect of a person's identity on record.
It wasn't until the remains were discovered on Saturday that Perpich says he put the two together and contacted police.
Other evidence found at the scene by officers over the weekend suggests a link between the body and the bags discovered in 2011, though nothing will be certain until the Saint Louis County Examiner's Office completes their autopsy report.
Perpich says he's upset that he didn't pursue his initial discovery further.
'It kind of turned my stomach to think that I had found something so long ago and maybe should've pursued it a bit more. [I'm] doubtful that the outcome might've changed, but somebody might have known about their loved one a little bit sooner," said Perpich.
Authorities believe the remains are those of a man from New York, though no missing persons report had been filed under his name.