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Human remains identified as missing LeRoy man

Human remains found on Sept. 19 in or near Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park have been positively identified as Steven John Holm, 35, of LeRoy.

According to Mower County Sheriff Steve Sandvik, the Southeast Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the identity Tuesday evening.

Holm was reported missing on Aug. 7. He was last seen by a girlfriend/ex-girlfriend on July 30 in Mankato; a family member received a text message from Holm on the same day. A vehicle registered to Holm was found on or about Aug. 2 at the Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.

A private search party found Holm’s remains on Sept. 19, in a remote area. The remains were in a skeletonized state, making identification inconclusive at the time.

Sandvik said there was no indication of foul play. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.