Buffalo Lake Man Missing After Authorities Find Vehicle Submerged In Drainage Ditch
HECTOR, MN- UPDATE: Just before 12:15 p.m., the body of an adult male, believed to be Rein, was found in the drainage ditch approximately one mile downstream from the site of the submerged vehicle.
The body has been sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identity confirmation.
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 Renville County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.
On Thursday, July 5th, 2018, at approximately 6:07 p.m., 24-year-old Adam Michael Rein from Buffalo Lake was reported missing.
Rein had last been seen leaving an establishment in Hector, MN on July 3rd , at approximately 11:00 p.m.
On Thursday, at approximately 7:26 p.m., the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a report of what appeared to be a vehicle that was submerged in a drainage ditch northeast of Hector, MN in Hector Township.
Along with the Sheriff’s Office, the Hector Police Department and Fire Department and the Buffalo Lake Police Department responded.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers noticed indications that a vehicle had gone off of the road on 800th Avenue, west of Renville County Road 22, and had entered the drainage ditch.
Although a vehicle could not be seen in the water, a disruption in the current was noticed.
Officers and firefighters later verified that a vehicle was, indeed, submerged in the ditch.
Upon recovering the vehicle from the ditch, emergency responders discovered that the vehicle was unoccupied.
The vehicle, however, was determined to belong to Rein.
Despite a foot and aerial search of the area around the ditch, Rein could not be located.
The search was discontinued late Thursday night.
On Friday morning, July 6th, the search for Rein continued which included officers and deputies from the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Lake Police Department, Hector Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources using a drone and boat.
Later, the Buffalo Lake Fire Department’s water rescue team responded and participated in the search, as did the Hector Fire Department.
No information has been released as to how the vehicle ended up in the ditch.
Search efforts are still ongoing.
- KEYC NEWS 12