Hundreds gather at vigil for Joe Brunn

Joe Brunn family speaks

OTSEGO, Minn. - The family of a missing Monticello man has confirmed his body was found in the Mississippi River on Thursday.

Family members remembered 23-year-old Joe Brunn's great personality and warm heart.

"Joe was a great man, a great person," his uncle Steve said at a press conference. "We're so glad he's back with us."

The press conference was held shortly after the body of 

an adult male was found by volunteers who were searching for Brunn in Otsego.

During the press conference, Brunn's mother, Patty, fought back tears as Steve spoke about her son.

"Joe is with my mom and dad now," she said, shortly after the press conference.

Throughout the evening, Patty Brunn clutched her favorite devotional book, Jesus Calling, saying the verses carried her through a desperate day.

"Today's devotional is so fitting for my son. I read it to everybody, because I think that is what kept me from all the tears," she said.

At a candlelight vigil for Brunn at the Holiday Inn in Otsego, where searches were headquartered, his parents repeatedly thanked the 4,600 volunteers who helped search for their son.

Hundreds raised candles in the air as a pastor led the crowd in prayer and song. The family played Brunn's favorite song, 'Money for Nothing' by Dire Straits, and ended in the Lord's Prayer.

"We don't have words for the support we have to get through this time, thank you," said Randy Brunn, Joe's father.

"God bless you!" the crowd shouted back.

The Wright County Sheriff's office will not release any more details surrounding the circumstances of Brunn's disappearance until the autopsy is complete.

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty says the body was spotted around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Mississippi River about 30 feet shore near the Highway 101 Bridge. Brunn was last seen in the area early Oct. 3 after a wedding reception. Hundreds of volunteers have turned out to help the Brunn family search for Joe in the days since his disappearance.


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