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Body found in Renville Co., Minn., field identified as missing Cosmos man

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OLIVIA, Minn. -- The body found Saturday in a cornfield northeast of Hector has been identified.

Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable announced late Monday that it was Robert J. Verdon, 56, of Cosmos.

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In early September, the Renville County Sheriff's Office located and recovered a vehicle belonging to Verdon, which had been found abandoned near the cornfield where his body was ultimately discovered, the sheriff said in a news release. Verdon's family later filed a missing person's report with the Sheriff's Office in Meeker County, where Verdon resided.

An autopsy was completed at the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, but the official cause and manner of Verdon's death are still pending, Hable said in the release.

The Renville County and Meeker County sheriff's offices and the state Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are continuing to investigate.

The body was found Saturday by a farmer harvesting corn in Brookfield Township.

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