MINNEAPOLIS - Police say a body was found in a wooded area in Solomon Park in south Minneapolis Sunday morning.
At about 10:15 a.m., Jason Sheats called police to report the body after his dog, Murray, noticed it when they were out for a walk.
Murray, a 3-year-old shepherd mix, was off-leash and had stopped in the wooded area.
"It was taking a little too long so I went back to check what he was sniffing and saw what looked like... a bone of an arm with a hand still attached to it, possibly," Sheats said. "Kind of just grabbed him and ran out of the woods really quick and called 911."
When police arrived, Sheats had trouble retracing his steps.
"The police officer suggested that we go get Murray and try to retrace our steps and he (Murray) went straight to it," Sheats said.
The body was found in a wooded area just north of Highway 62 near Cedar Avenue South. Sgt. Catherine Michal said the body was "partially buried" and that they are working on removing it from the ground. At this time, she said they do not know how long it's been there or even whether it's a male or female.
Michal did not say what the body was covered with, but she said it did not appear to be natural.
"I would say that the body was covered by another human being," she said. "So it's not just leaves that were out there or little tiny branches that fell down."
Sheats said it appeared the body was covered with logs.
Michal said investigators would be at the scene for several more hours Sunday evening.
She applauded Sheats, who called 911, and his dog Murray, who led him to the remains.
"Just think about the power of that dog's nose," she said. "How he was the one that discovered the person."
Sheats hopes the discovery leads to some answers, saying, "That's what I'm hoping. Somebody can either get some closure or some new information can be found about a missing person."
The body will be identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office once it has been removed from the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to text a tip to TIP411 or call the MPD tipline at 612-692-TIPS (8477).
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