Authorities in Brown County say a citizen using a rest area on Highway 4 near the Cottonwood River may have found the remains of a Sleepy Eye man that has been missing for nearly two months.

Around 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office was contacted after the person observed a gun, clothing and what appeared to be bone. Investigators processed the scene and discovered a revolver, human bone remains, blue jeans, red t-shirt, work boots, a watch, eyeglasses and a drivers license belonging to 73-year old Vincent Hugo Mathiowetz. 

Mathiowetz was reported missing on June 3 after his vehicle was found at a boat landing along Highway 4, approximately 3 ½ miles south of Sleepy Eye. Over the last two months, search efforts were conducted by land, boat and air.

Authorities report the clothing found at the scene fits the description of what Mathiowetz was last wearing.

The human bone remains are being taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office to be compared with DNA samples that were collected from family members for positive identification.