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Victims in vehicle fire identified

LITTLE FALLS — The names of the two men who were found dead inside a burning vehicle that was in a ditch Thursday at Grouse Road and 139th Avenue in Green Prairie Township in Little Falls were released Monday.

The men were identified as Ryan Roger Rebischke, 29, Little Falls, and Samuel Adrian Vorderbruggen, 23, Little Falls.

Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said in a press release that toxicology reports from both men revealed that alcohol was present. However, Wetzel said the extent to which it may have contributed to the accident will not be fully determined until the forensic reconstruction of the crash has been completed.

The accident was reported at 12:43 a.m. Thursday. When Little Falls firefighters arrived to the scene the vehicle was fully engulfed. Firefighters noticed the bodies in the vehicle and quickly extinguished the fire, pushed the vehicle back up and pulled the bodies out.

The Little Falls Police Department, Gold Cross Ambulance assisted at the scene and the State Patrol will assist in the investigation.