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Published January 25 2011

Human remains found in charred vehicle

Human remains were found inside a burned vehicle Monday morning, and authorities at the Norman County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.

According to a statement from Sheriff Jeremy Thornton:

The department received a report at about 7:20 a.m. of a vehicle on fire on Norman County Highway 1 near Fertile, Minn.

Fertile is about 50 miles northeast of Fargo.

The Fertile Fire Department, emergency responders and the Norman County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and discovered the vehicle was stuck in a snow drift on the roadway.

The vehicle was completely burned, and human remains were discovered inside it.

The body was to be transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The incident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Fire Marshall and the sheriff’s office.

No other details were available Monday.

Thornton didn’t return messages from The Forum seeking comment.