Human remains from 1982 identified in Barron County

Loggers found badly decomposed human remains in September of 1982
Kraig King
Kraig King

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department announced on their Facebook Page the identity of human remains found in Barron County in 1982.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and DNA Doe Project assisted the Sheriff’s Department with the investigation. The remains are identified as Kraig King from White Bear Lake, Minn. Authorities have notified King’s family.

On September 21, 1982, logger found a badly decomposed body about 100 yards from a tree line near Highway 25, approximately four miles north of Ridgeland in Barron County. Following an autopsy, the pathologist estimated the time of death as April to May, 1982 with the manner of death being a homicide. It was estimated that the man was between 18 and 22 years old, weighing 180 to 195 pounds and was 5’8″ to 5’9″ tall. The subject had brown hair and a husky build, police said.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department is looking for assistance as the homicide investigation continues. Contact the Sheriff’s Department at 715-537-3106 with any information.