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Remains found in old Iron Range mine identified

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

McKINLEY, Minn. -- The skeletal remains found May 11 in an old iron ore mine dump near McKinley have been officially identified as a former New York man. The St. Louis County Medical Examiner used dental records to identify 56-year-old Barnabas R. Kalina Jr.

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The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday that it still did not know how Kalina died, but the examiner found no signs of trauma to the skeletal remains.

Kalina had been preliminarily identified after the May finding because of personal belongings and several forms of identification found near the skeleton.

Information gathered at the site indicated the body was at the McKinley location since fall 2011, when his vehicle was found nearby. Kalina had never been reported as missing. He had lived in two other states after being in New York and had no run-ins with law enforcement in Minnesota.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Virginia sheriff's office at (218) 749-7134.

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