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Family raises drug addiction problems after teen dies

Jordan Bolgrean during his Army service. Submitted photo1 / 2
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HENNING, Minn.—A body found in Henning in Otter Tail County in western Minnesota last Friday has been identified as a 19-year-old man whose family said he had been battling with drug addiction.

The victim was Jordan Bolgrean, 19, of Henning.

His body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey in Anoka County for an autopsy after it was found along the railroad tracks about 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 8. No cause of death has been determined, although no foul play was suspected.

In a statement, Bolgrean's aunt and family spokesperson Rebecca Peterson said "We are deeply mourning the loss of Jordan—a son, big brother and animal lover. Jordan made his family proud time and time again with his big heart and big dreams. He was so full of potential."

However, the family said he was also battling with drug addiction.

"For Jordan, it's too late. For others, it's not," the family said in the statement. "Our hope is that other families impacted by drug addiction will take immediate action and get support from therapists and addiction professionals and have a potentially life-saving conversation."

Bolgrean was a 2016 graduate of Army training camp.

The family said they learned after his death that he had been messaging with an Army recruiter and wanted to get back into the military. They said he told a recruiter he had "regretted his choices."

He is survived by his parents, Jessica and Justin Bolgrean, and two younger brothers, Jocoby, 16, and Jonah, 9.

The family also wanted people to be aware of a substance abuse and mental health services hotline. The national hotline is 1-800-662-4357 and is available around the clock.