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2015 story: Minnesota man identified as body found in Somerset

St. Croix County authorities on Wednesday released the identity of the man whose body was found near the St. Croix River. He was identified as Justin A. Lowe, 32, of Vadnais Heights, Minn., according to St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson. Various music web sites are reported Wednesday that Lowe was a guitarist for Twin Cities "metalcore" band, After the Burial. Lowe's body was discovered by a hiker early Tuesday beneath the Arcola High Bridge connecting Minnesota and the town of Somerset. Knudson said Lowe had been reported missing July 18 in Washington County, Minn. Foul play was not suspected, Knudson said, adding that the cause of death was consistent with a fall. Lowe's vehicle was found at a parking lot on the Minnesota side of the bridge, which Knudson said was the focus of a search on July 18. Knudson said authorities from St. Croix and Washington counties, along with members of the U.S. Coast Guard and National Parks services were all deployed in the search effort. Lowe recently quit After the Burial and posted a long message on his Facebook page. A week after his disappearance, members of his former band issued a statement addressing his absence and apparent mental-health issues. "Our dear friend, our brother onstage and off, has fallen into a very broken state of mind," the statement read. "A state that, despite our continued efforts, we have been powerless to get him out of." Citypages.com reports the heavy-metal band has a large national following. Formed in 2004 by high school friends, the band has released four albums, including 2013's Wolves Within. The group is scheduled to play the in Minneapolis on July 31 as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour. A narrative of Lowe's last post can be read here: http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/after-the-burial-guitarist-qui...

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