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Body of missing McGregor man found

The body of a 52-year-old McGregor man who was reported missing Jan. 19 was found last week in a wooded area near where he was last seen, the Aitkin County Sheriff's Department reported Monday.

Preliminary autopsy results released by the sheriff's department indicated Patrick Wayne Losh died of hypothermia.

Losh's body was found Wednesday partly covered with snow in a wooded area north of the East Lake Community Center about four miles south of McGregor. The person who found him was checking maple trees for the upcoming syruping season, the sheriff's department reported.

Losh was last seen about 3 a.m. on Jan. 18 walking near his home five miles south of McGregor.The sheriff's department reported Losh had a past history of disappearing and had contacts at the Red Lake, Leech lake and Mille Lacs Lake reservations.

After Losh was reported missing a day later, the Aitkin County Sheriff's Department searched the area by foot, on snowmobile with the assistance of the Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police Department, conducted air searches and employed the assistance of canine search teams. Deputies also interviewed people in the area known to have associations with Losh.

Losh was found wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. Nothing at the scene gave investigators reason to believe that foul play was a factor in the death, the sheriff's department reported.

Sheriff Scott Turner said unless different information comes to light the investigation into Losh's death has been concluded.

Temperatures in the McGregor area the morning of Jan. 18 were 11 degrees below zero.

"At the present time we have no explanation as to why he walking around in the woods," near his home, Turner said.