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Missing Sebeka man's body found

The Brainerd Police Department cancelled the attempt to locate Richard Ernest Paquin, after discovering his body in the Mississippi River on Feb. 18. His body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.

Paquin was reported missing around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday and he had not been seen since.

Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston said a family member went to pick up Paquin after he was done at the hospital, but he was nowhere to be found. McQuiston said the relative and Paquin had a telephone conversation earlier Wednesday that he would be picked up from the hospital. McQuiston said Paquin had his vehicle parked between Brainerd and Sebeka and the relative was going to take him from the hospital to his vehicle. McQuiston said the vehicle was still at the said location.

Essentia Health reported that Paquin was discharged from the hospital. According to the hospital’s surveillance cameras, McQuiston said that Paquin walked out of the hospital around 12:35 p.m.

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Boran released the following statement Saturday.

"We were saddened to learn of the loss of Mr. Paquin. On behalf of Essentia Health- St. Joseph's Medical Center we extend our condolences to his family and other loved ones. We are honored to have provided care for him and his family."

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