Body of missing Mounds View man found in New Brighton lake

Henry T. McCabe
Henry T. McCabe

The body of a 32-year-old Mounds View man who had been missing since Labor Day was found in Rush Lake in New Brighton Nov. 2.

A New Brighton Department of Public Safety release said the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office identified the body as Henry T. McCabe, the next day.

The cause of McCabe's death has yet to be determined, pending a toxicology report, according to police, though the release indicated "there were no signs of trauma or suspected foul play found during the autopsy."

Bob Jacobson, director of New Brighton Public Safety, said it could take four to six weeks to receive toxicology results.

New Brighton police searched the area around where McCabe was found, the statement said, as well as the shoreline of Rush Lake, which is located along Interstate 35W, perpendicular to Highway 96 in the northeast corner of the city.

According to the statement, police were called to Rush Lake at about 4:20 p.m. Nov. 2 following reports from a kayaker who saw a body near some brush. New Brighton police worked with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol to remove McCabe's body from the lake.

Missing for nearly two months, McCabe was reportedly born in Liberia and a married father of two, who was an auditor at the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Last seen early in the morning of Sept. 7, according to missing persons posters, McCabe was dropped off at the Holiday Gas Station near the intersection of Highway 65 and Interstate 694 in Fridley by friends at 2 a.m., before he disappeared.

McCabe reportedly left a voice message with his wife, who was out of town at the time, at 2:23 a.m. in which he is heard yelling, screaming and making strange noises.

Until a final statement is released by the medical examiner, the New Brighton police statement said, the case is considered open and an active investigation by New Brighton and Mounds View detectives

—Mike Munzenrider


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