- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014
1 found dead after Lakeland house fire

LAKELAND, Minn. (AP) - One person has been found dead after a house fire in Lakeland.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says authorities were called to the fire about 2 a.m. Saturday.

A deceased person was found inside after the fire was extinguished.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/Q1cG8ohttp://bit.ly/Q1cG8o ) the State Fire Marshal and the sheriff’s office are investigating the cause of the fire.

The identity of the victim is not being released pending notification of family.

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Minnesota man’s body found in RV cargo area

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A group of men on their way to the Kentucky Derby for a bachelor party made a gruesome discovery after they pulled their rented RV over in southeastern Minnesota: a body inside the vehicle’s exterior cargo compartment.

Authorities confirmed Saturday that the body is that of an Anoka, Minnesota, man who has been missing since November. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said the death of Kevin Casserly, 22, is being investigated, and no additional updates were being released on Saturday.

Officials say the men rented the recreational vehicle from someone in Anoka County on Thursday, and they headed south.

Jake Wanek, of Minneapolis, was a part of the bachelor party and said the men pulled over in Winona to pick up the last members of their group. While they were there, they began investigating a foul odor and found Casserly’s body lodged in a compartment of the RV that was accessible only from the outside.

Wanek told the Star Tribune that one of the men opened and closed a front compartment, which stirred up the odor. The men opened the compartment on the other side and saw the body, with bare feet and pants on.

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