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UPDATE: Police ID body found in rural Harrison Co.

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MONDAMIN (KWWL) - A man's body found in rural Harrison County this weekend was positively identified by authorities using his fingerprints, but police are still asking for help in what happened to him.

The body of Michael E. Gnirk, 52, of Hoskins, Neb., was found by a hunter Saturday in a wooded area 4 miles southwest of Mondamin, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Police did not know who the man was until they ran his fingerprints through an FBI database, which positively identified Gnirk.

Investigators are still seeking information from the public on Gnirk's last days and weeks.

If you or someone you know has had contact with Gnirk in the last six months, you're asked to call Iowa DCI at (712) 322-1585.


Police had been asking for the public's help in identifying a man whose body was found in rural Harrison County on Saturday.

A hunter alerted authorities to the body of a white male in a wooded area about 4 miles southwest of Mondamin on Saturday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Officials say the man was approximately 5-foot-11 and weighed 160 pounds. He had longer, gray-and-black hair and no teeth.

At the time of the body's discovery, he was wearing black Wrangler jeans, a blue t-shirt with a pocket, a blue button-down dress shirt, a brown, plaid, insulated flannel jacket and a blue, hooded, zipper sweatshirt with "Golden Harvest" on the left breast pocket. He was also wearing Red Wing size-12 boots.

The man's body was taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

His cause of death is unknown.

Those who may have information about the man's death may call Iowa DCI Special Agent Chad Fiedler at (712) 322-1585.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assisted.
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