Police identify dead Brainerd man found in makeshift shelter

The Brainerd Police Department responded to a report of a deceased man, reported at 5:53 a.m. Thursday, June 16.

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BRAINERD — A 41-year-old Brainerd man found dead Thursday, June 16, in southeast Brainerd was identified as Chad Michael Pierzinski.

The Brainerd Police Department responded to a report of a deceased man reported at 5:53 a.m., in a wooded area west of Southeast 13th Street and just south of Northern Pacific Road.

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Officers responded to the location and found Pierzinski deceased inside of a makeshift structure Pierzinski was believed to have been staying in.

Acquaintances of Pierzinski reported going to this location to check on him after not seeing him for several days.

According to the Brainerd Police Department, no foul play is suspected in Pierzinski’s death.


The body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office to determine a cause of death and this incident remains an active investigation pending autopsy results.

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