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Body found by hunters believed to be man who walked from Hancock group home six years ago

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Hancock -- Authorities have tentatively identified a body discovered by hunters Saturday in Minnesota's west central Stevens County as Jack Leroy Eisel.

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He was last seen in 2004 before he walked away from a Hancock group home.

Stevens County Sheriff Randy Willis said the body was tentatively confirmed as Eisel's based on identification found on the body and from clothing he was wearing when reported missing.

"It's 99.9 percent," Willis said of the identification.

The remains were recovered and sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy and positive id-entification.

Willis said foul play is not suspected.

The Sheriff's Office received a report short-ly after noon Saturday that a hunting party found what they believed to be human remains in a wooded area.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office, agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Stevens County Coroner responded to the scene.

Eisel was 40 years old when he walked away from the group home at about 6 p.m. Nov. 26, 2004.

He was wearing an orange stocking cap, blue jeans and a navy blue parka.

He was listed as 5 foot 9 inches and 135 pounds. He had dishwater blonde hair and a goatee.

Law enforcement reported Eisel suffered from mental illness.

At the time of his disappearance, authorities were able to track Eisel before search dogs lost his scent.

The Morris (Minn.) Sun-Times is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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