On 05/28/21 Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force were contacted to assist with the overdose death investigation of 31-year-old Jesse Barnhart which occurred in Mankato.

An autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner concluded that Barnhart’s cause of death was drug toxicity, including heroin and fentanyl.  

 On 08/24/21 MRVDTF Agents arrested 26-year-old Myles Daniel Hickman for 3rd Degree Murder.  The task force investigation showed that Hickman was responsible for providing the lethal substance that caused Barnhart’s death.    

Hickman is currently in the Blue Earth County Jail awaiting his first appearance.