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Central Minnesota man, 24, ID’d as victim of homicide after body found in field

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A Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office vehicle sits Thursday morning, Nov. 1, near the scene where a body was found Wednesday afternoon east of Willmar. Kelly Boldan / Forum News Service3 / 3

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is investigating as a homicide the death of a 24-year-old man whose body was found Wednesday, Oct. 31, east of Willmar, Sheriff Dan Hartog reported late Friday afternoon.

The victim has been tentatively identified as David Medellin Jr., of Willmar, and the manner of death ruled a homicide, according to the sheriff.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

The victim is known to law enforcement for a criminal history including convictions for a stabbing in Chippewa County in 2013 and an assault in Kandiyohi County in 2015.

Authorities are asking anyone who had contact with Medellin Jr. on Oct. 24 or later to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 320-235-1260, except for individuals who have already spoken to law enforcement in the matter.

Sheriff’s officers responded at 3:12 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a deceased person in a plowed field near the intersection of 49th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast in Kandiyohi Township.

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

Preliminary autopsy results received Friday led to the tentative identification of the man and the ruling that the death was a homicide.

The Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the homicide along with the Willmar Police Department, CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Court records show that Medellin Jr. has convictions for assault, drug possession, harassment and violation of a restraining order, and driving infractions.

He was sentenced to 27 months in prison in 2013 for a second-degree assault conviction in Chippewa County. He admitted to thrusting a knife into the upper chest of a 21-year-old man during an incident in Montevideo earlier that year. The victim underwent emergency surgery for a punctured lung.

Medellin Jr. was also sentenced to a stayed prison sentence in May 2015 for a third-degree assault conviction in Kandiyohi County. According to the criminal complaint in the case, Medellin charged at a man and struck him with a stun gun before striking him in the face with a beer bottle and kicking and punching him.

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