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Update: Body found downstream from location Buffalo Lake man went missing


HECTOR - The body of a man was found in a drainage ditch Saturday about one mile downstream from the site where the unoccupied, submerged vehicle of Adam Michael Rein, 24, of Buffalo Lake was found Thursday. Rein had been reported missing Thursday and had last been seen late Tuesday. 

The body was found in the ditch shortly after noon Saturday. According to a news release from the Renville County Sheriff's Office, the identity of the body in the ditch has not been confirmed, but it appeared to be Rein.

The body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey for identification and an autopsy. 

The Sheriff's Office was aided in the search Saturday by a local aviator and by North Star Search and Rescue, a non-profit Minnesota group that handles tracking and cadaver dogs.  The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.

 UPDATE:  On Saturday, July 7, 2018, at about 12:12 PM, the body of an adult male, believed to be REIN, was found in the drainage ditch approximately one mile downstream from the site of the submerged vehicle.  The body has been sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identity confirmation.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on Saturday by a local aviator as well as North Star Search and Rescue,

HECTOR – Renville County Authorities are searching for a missing person, Adam Michael Rein, 24, of Buffalo Lake.

Rein was reported missing Thursday evening. He had last been seen leaving a Hector business at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Renville County Sheriff’s Office.

Later Thursday evening, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible submerged vehicle in a drainage ditch northeast of Hector. There were signs that a vehicle had gone off the road on 800th Avenue west of Renville County Road 22. The vehicle wan’t visible, but there was a disruption in the current, according to the news release.

Emergency responders were able to find a car submerged in the ditch. When it was pulled out, authorities discovered that it was unoccupied and that it belonged to Rein, the news release said.

Authorities searched Thursday night and all day Friday. Rein was not found, and the search is continuing, according to the release.

Joining the Sheriff’s Office were the Buffalo Lake Police Department, Hector Police Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Hector Department and the Buffalo Lake Fire Department Water Rescue Team.