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Preliminary autopsy indicates Schaffer died of hypothermia

On Tuesday evening, the Lower Sioux Police Department released a statement that the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed a preliminary autopsy of Quincy Schaffer, who was reported missing on Wed., Jan. 27. Shaffer was located deceased on Sun., Jan. 31, in a wooded area behind a residence located within the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

According to the medical examiner’s office, hypothermia was a contributing factor in Mr. Schaffer’s death. The autopsy found no significant physical injuries indicating assault or other cause of death.

According to the statement, while investigating the disappearance, the Lower Sioux Police Department was informed about an alleged attempted assault at a Lower Sioux Indian Community residence that caused Mr. Schaffer to flee the home. No individuals in the home required medical attention and the incident was not reported to law enforcement until the investigation of Mr. Schaffer’s disappearance began.

Lower Sioux Police Department’s investigation into that incident is ongoing. The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office, Redwood Falls Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office are assisting with the investigation.


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