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Warren man missing a week found frozen, dead in field quarter-mile from home

A Warren, Minn., man missing for perhaps a week was found this morning, dead apparently of exposure to the cold, only a quarter-mile from his rural home.

It wasn't known yet how long his body had been lying there, about 15 miles east of Warren. But the man, who was 59, last was seen Jan. 17, said Jim Duckstad, manager of the Marshall County Sheriff's Office in Warren.

But he said the man's body "was frozen solid," about a quarter-mile from his ATV stuck in snow, and the same distance from his rural home.

It appears the man tried to walk back to his home from the ATV stuck in the snow, Duckstad said. There were no signs of foul play, he said.

Night-time temperatures have been well-below zero for several days, and wind chill has been pegged down to 35 below zero in recent days, according to the National Weather Service.

The man's name isn't being released yet until relatives have been notified.

But Duckstad said the man was known for staying for periods at more than one residence and "taking off for a few days to stay with friends," so his absence didn't alarm people right away.

At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, however, a family member called the sheriff's office to report him missing.

A ground and air search this morning, involving about 30 people, including a U.S. Border Patrol airplane, deputies from neighboring Pennington County and test drivers of Arctic Cat snowmobiles from the plant in Thief River Falls, as well as deputies and the volunteer posse from Marshall County, located the body.

Dr. Maryann Sens, a pathologist at Altru Hospital and UND's medical school, will conduct an autopsy, Duckstad said.