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Body of missing Minn. man found in rented RV

Body Of Missing Minn. Man Found In Rented RV


A bachelor party trip from Minnesota to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby barely got out the gate this week as a group of guys discovered a dead body in their rented RV.

Dan Trainor, the groom, and his friends started on their way to Kentucky Thursday. KSTP reports they stopped at a retail store in Winona to drop off their cars and load their things when they smelled something coming from a compartment within the RV.

Trainor told KMSP, "I opened it up and I see two legs and they're bruised, or decomposing, or whatever. ... My mouth dropped and I was like, 'That's a dead body.'"

According to The Star Tribune, that body has been identified as 22-year-old Kevin Casserly of Anoka. The paper reports Casserly, a father, was reported missing Nov. 17 - six days after telling his mother he called in sick to work.

Organizers of a Facebook page dedicated to helping find Casserly posted a message about the positive ID saying, "To all the volunteers who helped us search for Kevin, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Words cannot express how much the support has meant to all of us and Kevin's family."

Trainor and his friends told reporters in Minnesota they rented the RV from a friend of a friend.

Police aren't saying who the owner is, but WCCO reports the bachelor party got a eerie warning from him before starting their trip.
Trainor: "He did mention not to open that hatch."

There's no word yet on the cause of Casserly's death and his body was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for an autopsy. WCCO also reports authorities plan to keep the bachelor party's belongings in the RV until the autopsy is completed.

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milkglasslover May 04 2014 at 4:48 PM

Another dumb thing in this story is......they're going to keep the bachelor party's belongings in the RV until the autopsy is done. The may be a might aromatic when they get them back. Plus, why would they need to keep them when the just found the body that had been dead for who knows how long. They had nothing to do with it!

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nogopea May 04 2014 at 6:44 PM

I hate when this happens!!!!!

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phazer24 May 04 2014 at 6:49 PM

No, they did not get to Kentucky. Our track here (Canterbury) took their party & tried to make it as close to the derby as they could for them. Thumbs up to them! Canterbury offered it to the bachelor party & the guys took them up on it.

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r.ronron May 04 2014 at 7:07 PM

I would say that Kevin (dead guy) might not have been a totally innocent and great father. He had several domestic abuse convictions in addition to "releasing bodily fluids in law officers" among other items in his record. He was a meth head and was last seen walking bare footed by a minn highway I'm November.

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TripleXKimberly r.ronron May 04 2014 at 7:41 PM

R.Ronron, As I appreciate you giving everyone some background of the deceased all of that is a moot point. Regardless of his character, the person who rented out the RV knew he was inside. As he stated to them to not open the hatch. The deceased was a human being who had family and friends searching for him. He still deserved better.

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yayabeanes TripleXKimberly May 04 2014 at 10:34 PM

Not really a mute point about his background. Because seeing he's into drugs, now I am thinking he more than likely was stoned and got into the RV to crash...Or was in the RV top party, crashed and who ever was with him left him there....As for the domestic angle, someone might have made sure that his beating up on others was over and he didn't make it out of the RV alive.

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TripleXKimberly TripleXKimberly May 05 2014 at 7:23 AM

YayaBeanes, I still think it is moot because regardless if he was into drugs or not or how he got inside the RV the person that gave this party the RV to use knew he was inside the hatch and did nothing to get this man help and didn't call the authorities even. That is sick he knowingly let them use it knowing that a deceased body was inside!

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TripleXKimberly May 04 2014 at 7:16 PM

How Sick! The Friend of a Friend knew the body was in there and did nothing about it! Look into him immediately. My heart goes out to Kevin's family and friends and hope now they can find some closure. RIP Mr. Casserly.

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onlyforreply May 04 2014 at 7:25 PM

the makings of an episode of Fargo

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Dave Thomas May 04 2014 at 7:28 PM

Did they get another RV and make it to the race?

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j1935waspm May 04 2014 at 7:38 PM

Takes a brain to hide a body in an RV. Real winner there.

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Bernie j1935waspm May 04 2014 at 9:33 PM

sounds like he was going for his PHD when he decided to rent it and trusted that nobody would look in the hatch just because he told them not to… ‘hic'

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Vadim A. May 04 2014 at 7:58 PM

I'm either too drunk, or none of this makes any sense right now.

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keithcolquitt1 May 04 2014 at 8:00 PM

Weekend at Bernie's Churchill Downs edition

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