In warmer weather…
The face of a man’s body encased in ice startled groundskeepers working near the 16th hole of a north metro golf course Friday.
While checking conditions of the Majestic Oaks Golf Course in Ham Lake at about 1:15 p.m., they discovered what appeared to be a face sticking out of the ice covering a pond, said Lt. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.
Initial reports indicated that the head had been severed, but the body appears to be intact, Sommer said Friday night. Because the body was contorted, with its head partially above the ice and body below, along with the apparent toll animals had taken, authorities were initially misled. Most of the face and head appeared to have been eaten at, exposing the throat, Sommer said. It is too early to determine an age of the victim or cause of death, although authorities suspect foul play. Other than damage to the face, the cold appears to have preserved the remainder of the body, Sommer said.
Only a portion of the body was exposed when the workers found it. The remainder was trapped in 2 feet of ice. Authorities used a steamer from the Anoka County Highway Department to remove the body from the ice so as not to damage it.
“There’s no straight protocol for removing a body encased in ice, so we used the steamer rather than chipping it out,” Sommer said.
I guess if you don’t find bodies encased in ice – very frequently – you don’t need to establish a standard protocol.
UPDATE: He’s been identified as Jeffrey Scott O’Donnell, homeless. No autopsy results yet for COD.