Blue Earth County Authorities have identified the body found last week by a hunter in a wooded area near Mankato.

They say 23-year-old Shane Zephier of Minneapolis has been identified.

You may recall that back on October 10 a hunter came across his body in a wooded area Northeast of Highway 83 and County Road 12.

Authorities say his last known appearance was on August 27th of this year when Shane was arrested by the Lake Crystal Police Department for shoplifting at a local convenience store.

Shane was released from the Blue Earth County Jail that same day and was last seen walking away from the Blue Earth County Justice Center alone just after 3:00 pm wearing gray sweatpants, a gray sweatshirt and black shoes.

The incident remains under investigation in conjunction with the BCA and Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Cause and manner of death have yet to be determined. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 304-4863.