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Update 4 p.m.: Body located near Hector, believed to be missing Buffalo Lake man

Adam Michael Rein

4 p.m. update HECTOR — A man's body was found Saturday in a drainage ditch downstream from the spot where an unoccupied, submerged car was found Thursday night.

The car belonged to Adam Michael Rein, 24, of Buffalo Lake, who has been missing since late Tuesday. The body was found just after noon Saturday.

According to a news release from the Renville County Sheriff's Office, the man's body has not been identified but it is believed to be Rein. The body has been sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey for identification and an autopsy.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted on Saturday by a local aviator as well as North Star Search and Rescue, a non-profit Minnesota group that handles tracking and cadaver dogs. The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation, according to the release.

Update 9 a.m. Buffalo Lake man missing near Hector

HECTOR — Renville County Authorities are searching for a missing person, Adam Michael Rein, 24, of Buffalo Lake.

Rein was reported missing Thursday evening. He had last been seen leaving a Hector business at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Renville County Sheriff's Office.

Later Thursday evening, the Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible submerged vehicle in a drainage ditch northeast of Hector. There were signs that a vehicle had gone off the road on 800th Avenue west of Renville County Road 22. The vehicle wan't visible, but there was a disruption in the current, according to the news release.

Emergency responders were able to find a car submerged in the ditch. When it was pulled out, authorities discovered that it was unoccupied and that it belonged to Rein, the news release said.

Authorities searched Thursday night and all day Friday. Rein was not found, and the search is continuing, according to the release.

Joining the Sheriff's Office were the Buffalo Lake Police Department, Hector Police Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Hector Department and the Buffalo Lake Fire Department Water Rescue Team.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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