Possible human remains belonging to a New Mexico man were found in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.
It’s believed the possible remains could be Jordan Grider, 29, of Moriarty, N.M., who went missing in the area in fall 2018.
According to a St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office news release, Grider’s vehicle was found Oct. 22, 2018 at the Sioux Hustler trailhead by sheriff’s deputies. Deputies learned that U.S. Forestry Service Officers and Minnesota DNR Conservation Officers were aware of the vehicle and had determined Grider had decided to spend the winter camped in the forest. The man had also notified family members of his whereabouts. At the time, authorities unsuccessfully searched for Grider’s campground.
U.S. Forest Service officers located a campsite on April 5 roughly 1.5 miles from the Sioux Hustler Trailhead. According to a news release, a large amount of blood was found inside of the tent. St. Louis County Sheriff's investigators along with rescue squad personnel responded to the area.
Grider was not located, but evidence obtained from the campsite confirmed that the site belonged to him. The search was then called off because of deep snow.
The search was resumed Thursday, and possible human remains were found scattered in a large area nearby Grider’s campsite. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reports those remains were sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for identification. Foul play is not suspected and this case is still under investigation.