Missing man’s body found

Updated at 9:27 a.m.

The Bemidji Police Department reports that the body of 35-year-old Matthew Asa was found Wednesday just before 5 p.m.

According to a release, officers responded to an area west of the city and north of 5th St. NW at about 4:54 p.m. on report of a found body.

Approximately 150 yards north of 5th St. NW in a large swampy area, officers located Asa, who was last seen at his Northland Apartments Home on the 600 block of America Ave. NW on Christmas Eve 2019.

Asa’s body has been transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. There is no indication of foul play, and Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin says there is no threat to the public at this time.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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