MANKATO – Local law enforcement will use cadaver dogs on Friday to resume their search for the source of a human leg bone found last December southeast of Mankato.
Friday’s search will be on a smaller scale than the first and only search last December 8th through the rugged terrain surrounding the Sleepy Hollow subdivision.
30 officers from a dozen area law enforcement agencies took part in the December search after it was confirmed that a bone brought into a home’s yard by a dog was a human leg bone. Searchers found no signs of where the bone came from and winter weather kept investigators from additional searches until this spring.
Officials say Friday’s search will use two or three cadaver dogs from the Minnesota Search and Rescue Dog Association. The search teams will include a dog, a handler and a helper. Friday’s search will be on foot only and will include only members of the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Department and Mankato Department of Public Safety.
Should Friday’s search turn up empty, a larger search is in the planning stages for next week, according the Blue Earth County Sheriff Capt. Rich Murry.
Murry says they are still awaiting DNA test results on the bone from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. They are hoping to compare the results against a database of known missing persons.
The only missing person in the area is Matt Albrecht. The Mapleton man has been missing since April 2010. He was last seen walking along a Mankato city street.