MANKATO -- DNA testing has confirmed that a human leg bone found by a dog last December south of Mankato belongs to a missing Mapleton man.
26-year-old Matthew Thomas Albrecht was last seen in April 2010 in Mankato. He had just finished putting in a starter in his Ford Explorer with his father at Third Avenue and Chestnut Street. The last sighting of Albrecht came later that day from a friend who saw him walking in the 200 block of Washington Court.
In early December 2010 a dog carried a suspicious bone into a yard in the Sleepy Hollow subdivison, south of Mankato. A massive search provided no additional clues and addititional searches were delayed until spring.
A smaller scale search with Cadaver dogs last Friday produced what authorities called "items of interest."
We now know searchers first found a pair of tennis shoes. Photos were taken of the shoes and shown to members of Albrecht's family. They confirmed they were similar to Matthew's.
At that point a more thorough search of the area around the shoes was conducted. That led to the discovery of another human leg bone, partial clothing remnants and a cell phone.
The BCA crime lab was called in to process the scene.
The bones have been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. Following the completion of their portion of the investigation, the bones will be taken to the BCA crime lab for further testing.
The investigation into his disappearance and death are ongoing.
Blue Earth County Sheriff Capt. Rich Murry
Mankato Police Det. Cmmdr. Matt DuRose
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