Eight Years Later, Death of Matthew Albrecht Still Open Investigation

Brown Co Fair – Firehouse Leader

(Mapleton, MN) – Eight years have passed since the mysterious death of Matthew Albrecht of Mapleton, but the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office says it remains an active investigation.

According to Captain Paul Barta, they still receive and work new leads sporadically, with the most recent coming within the last year. He also notes that this is a case that’s never far from their minds. “None of us who worked on the investigation have ever forgotten about Matthew,” said Barta.

Albrecht was last seen on April 16, 2010, after working on his vehicle in the area near the Kato Ballroom and then later that day near Washington Park. Months after his disappearance, a few of his bones and some of his personal items were found in a wooded ravine in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood, on the southeast edge of Mankato.

According to Albrecht’s obituary, he enjoyed fishing, playing the Wii with his kids, and considered himself a “master griller.” And a Facebook page seeking Justice for Matt notes that he would’ve celebrated his 34th birthday this past January.

Another local case that’s yet to have a resolution is the death of 38-year-old Maverick Henry Arrowood.

Arrowood’s remains were found in June of 2013 in a wooded area outside of Mankato, near Gag’s Camper Way, where the homeless man had been living in a tent. His remains were badly burned, so a manner of death (accident/homicide/suicide) could not be determined – and Captain Barta said nothing specifically pointed to anything suspicious.

Barta also notes that since they don’t have any leads to follow in Arrowood’s death, the case is “inactive.”

According to published reports from around the time of his death, Arrowood spent many hours walking the streets of Mankato, digging in garbage cans and bins, collecting aluminum cans for money – and was known by some as the “hunky can man.”

Anyone with any information on either of the cases is asked to contact the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office at 507-304-4800.

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