LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Police in Lakeville have identified the person whose remains were found in a remote area of a popular park Thursday.
Investigators say a group of students from Lakeville High School were conducting an orienteering exercise in Ritter Farm Park Thursday just after 2 p.m. when one of the students found a human skull.
A group leader called police, who arrived and began canvassing the area. Those searching found a number of human bones that were associated with the skull.
"The skeletal body is not in tact. It's spread over an area so the assumption that comes to mind is that there was animal contact ... Could they have moved those items? Possibly," said Cpt. Kevin Manias of the Lakeville Police Department.
"I don't want to comment on what each bone was that was located, but there were a significant amount located," Manias added.
The remains were sent to the Hennepin County Medical Examiners office, and late Friday morning the remains were identified as belonging to Christopher Marc Bellino, 50, of Lakeville, who was reported missing in August 2012.
Police say Bellino was last seen making a purchase at a Marshalls store in northeast Lakeville.
At this point there is no official cause of death but Lakeville Police say there were no obvious signs of foul play on the scene.