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Body found near grain elevator in Horace, N.D.

Cass County authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Monday near a grain elevator in Horace, N.D.

There was no sign of foul play at the scene, but it's not clear why the middle-aged man would have been near the Dakota Ag Cooperative Elevator, said Capt. Rick Majerus of the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

"That's part of the problem," Majerus said.

Majerus said the man has been identified. His name is being withheld until his family has been notified.

The deceased man does live in the area, but he was not an employee of the elevator, Majerus said.

Based on the condition of the body, which was found shortly after 10 a.m. by a snow-removal worker, it is believed the body had been behind the elevator all weekend, Majerus said.

The body was first placed at a local funeral home but will be transported to the North Dakota medical examiner's office in Bismarck for an autopsy.

Majerus said preliminary cause of death often takes only a day to determine, but it might take longer in this case because of the frozen state of the body.