Human remains in Houston found at Beaver Creek Valley State Park identified

(ABC 6 News) – Investigators in Houston County have presumptively identified the body discovered in a burned vehicle on January 5 at Beaver Creek Valley State Park.

The Houston Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 69-year old Rodney Duane Jacobs, from Caledonia,

This presumptive identification was made utilizing partial remnants of personal effects located in the debris in cooperation with family members.

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Sheriff Mark Inglett reports they have been unable to positively identify the deceased individual due to a lack of DNA results for identification.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is currently working on DNA comparisons but Sheriff Inglett reports it could be an extended period of time before those results are known.

The vehicle involved was a gray 2008 Chevrolet Impala.

Sheriff Inglett states their investigation has led investigators to believe no other persons acted in this tragic event and no foul play is suspected.

Sheriff Inglett states they have video evidence of Mr. Jacobs’s vehicle entering the State Park at approx. 6:40 pm on January 4th, 2022. At some point, the vehicle became engulfed in flames and Mr. Jacobs’s remains were discovered in the vehicle. When deputies discovered the vehicle, the fire had burned out and there was snow built upon and around the vehicle from snowfall overnight on January 5th.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently awaiting reports from the State Fire Marshall’s Office relating to the vehicle fire.