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More human remains found in Minneapolis related to ongoing homicide investigation

Police say the remains found Tuesday in the Seward neighborhood are related to two other discoveries of human remains in northeast Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — Police said more human remains were found Tuesday morning in Minneapolis, and that the discovery is related to a homicide already under investigation.

Just before 6:45 a.m., Minneapolis Police responded to the area of West River Parkway and Franklin Avenue after receiving reports that remains had been found.

According to MPD, officers arrived and found remains related to the homicide of 36-year-old Adam Richard Johnson of Minneapolis.

On Thursday, remains believed to be Johnson's were discovered at two locations in northeast Minneapolis. The previous discoveries of the remains were near Third Avenue NE and Main Street NE, as well as Third Ave. NE and University Ave. 

"These cases take a toll," MPD spokesperson John Elder said in a Thursday news conference. "These cases are incredibly difficult for everybody who was at the scene." 

The park bench where Tuesday's remains were found is in such a public area - where dozens of bicyclists, runners and walkers pass every day - that Minneapolis PD believes they couldn't have been there since last week when the other remains were found, and were likely placed there overnight. 

By that virtue, police believe someone is actively scattering them, and not all remains have been accounted for.

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