The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office reports that foul play is not suspected in the death of 23-year-old Shane Zephier of Minneapolis. Zephier’s body was found by a hunter in a wooded area northeast of Highway 83 and County Road 12 in rural Mankato in October. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has listed the cause of death for Zephier as undetermined with no findings of trauma or injury to his body. Discussion with family and friends of Zephier in the days prior to his disappearance identified probable medical and mental health concerns. Zephier declined efforts by law enforcement officials to link him with medical and transportation assistance throughout their contacts with him. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate relevant information provided by the public regarding this matter, but foul play is not suspected at this time.


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