MANKATO – While Blue Earth County Sheriff investigators won’t exactly say what “items of interest” were found during last Friday’s Cadaver dog-led search of an area south of Mankato, they are saying what wasn’t found.
When asked if a gun was recovered in the search, Capt. Rich Murry confirmed that “no weapon was found.”
Law enforcement led the search last week in the rough terrain near the Sleepy Hollow subdivision. It was an area a dog was believed to have retrieved a human leg bone from last December.
A snowy search last winter turned up no signs of the source of the bone and law enforcement had to wait until last week until conditions were favorable to resume the search.
Murry says after an 8:30 am briefing, the search teams were at the scene by 9am. Less than three hours later, just before they were set to break for lunch came a break in the case.
But it wasn’t a Cadaver dog that found the “items of interest.”
“One of our investigators found some items in the area,” says Murry. “And once we found those items it narrowed our area of the search.”
At that point, Friday’s search stopped as investigators worked to preserve the scene.
“We backed off and we called for the BCA Lab,” says Murry. “Their mobile crime lab came down and processed the scene. They removed several items and they were taken to the BCA Lab.”
“We treated it as a crime scene,” says Murry.
When asked why the BCA was required, Murry provided a telling comment.
“When we are dealing with someone that’s deceased, we’re going to call in the heavy hitters, guys that do this all the time and that’s the BCA, “ says Murry.
Murry says the BCA arrived at the location by 5 p.m. Friday and were finished in a couple hours.
It also appears the “items of interest” were not found wasn’t in a single location.
“We found items in a general area,” says Murry. ”several different areas within a smaller search area.”
And there will be another search in the next week or so.
“We’re probably going to scale back what we initially planned,” says Murry. “We think we’ve isolated the area (of the search).”
Murry says he has shared some of the information with the family of Matthew Albrecht, the Mapleton man who has been missing since April 2010.
“They’re frustrated and that’s been relayed to the agency (BCA),” says Murry.
Local investigators are still awaiting the DNA results from the human leg bone, nearly five months after it was sent to the BCA for analysis.
Murry says the fact the case remains under investigation prevents him from being more specific about what was found.
When it comes to questions as to cause of death, Murry replied “It’s clearer.”