Human remains and a gun were found by a citizen at a rest stop off Highway 4 near the Cottonwood River south of Sleepy Eye Sunday morning. According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the person called to report they had found a gun, clothing and what they thought were human bones. Officers responded to the scene and discovered a revolver, human bone remains, blue jeans, a red t-shirt, brown work type boots, a watch, glasses and a driver’s license belonging to Vincent Mathiowetz. 73-year-old Mathiowetz was reported missing on June 3rd after his vehicle was found south of Sleepy Eye at a boat landing on Highway 4 near the Cottonwood River. The remains will be taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office to be compared with known DNA samples that were previously collected from family members for a positive identification.


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