Body found in basement of Biwabik home

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The Midwest Medical Examiner’s office has identified the body found in the Biwabik home as Brandon Lee Buschman.

The 35-year-old Babbitt Man’s body was found inside a chest freezer in the basement of the house 304 4th Ave North- which had not been occupied since February.

Buschman’s body was discovered in an older style freezer that locks automatically when closed and is not capable of being pushed open or unlocked from the inside when closed. The freezer was not on at the time of the discovery.

The examiner’s officer says there is no evidence of trauma or injury. Toxicology reports will not be available for several weeks.

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Officers responded to the home on the 300 block of 4th Avenue North in Biwabik at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 26 following a 911 call about a deceased man inside the residence.

He has been taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for formal identification and to determine the cause and manner of death. Investigators continue to interview neighbors and persons last known to have been with the deceased.

At this point investigators believe that the man’s death was an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.

The Gilbert Police Department is being assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and the East Range Police Department.

Additional information will be released following the preliminary autopsy, family notifications and as the investigation progresses.

This is a developing story.

This story has been updated to correct the date. Initial reports said the call came in on Tuesday.