No foul play suspected in death of man at Beaver Creek Valley State Park

CALEDONIA, Minn. (WKBT) – No foul play is suspected after a man was found dead in a burned car.

The 2008 Chevy Impala was found January 5th at Beaver Creek Valley State Park, near Caledonia.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 69-year-old Rodney Duane Jacobs.

Jacobs lived in Caledonia.

Authorities made a presumptive identification using remnants of personal items found in the car.

Members of Jacobs’ family confirmed those items belonged to him.

Sheriff Mark Inglett says authorities have not been able to positively identify the remains due to a lack of DNA results.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is currently working on DNA comparisons, but those results could take “an extended period of time” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators believe no other persons were involved.

The Sheriff’s Office has video of Jacobs’ car driving into the state park at around 6:40 p.m. on January 4th.

Between that time and when the body was discovered the next morning, the car was engulfed in flames.

The fire had burned out by the time deputies arrived, with snow built up on top and around the car.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office is still investigating the vehicle fire.

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