Authorities investigating death in Norman County near Borup, Minn.

Officials closed Highway 39 east of Borup after reportedly finding a body there. WDAY photo
Officials closed Highway 39 east of Borup after reportedly finding a body there. WDAY photo

BORUP, Minn. — Authorities are investigating a death near a small community in Norman County in northwestern Minnesota, around 25 miles northeast of Moorhead.

Police were dispatched to a spot along Highway 39 just east of Borup at about 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 15, according to a news release from the Norman County Sheriff's Office.

Two semis could be seen on the road Friday afternoon, one with a trailer and the other without. Police found a body outside of one of the trucks. The Norman County Sheriff said it appeared the man had died from "self-inflicted" wounds, but would not elaborate further on how the man had died.

A man was found sleeping in the other truck that morning and told the deputy who woke him up that one of the trucks was having mechanical problems. Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said there were no issues with the truck.

Thornton said the situation was suspicious at first, and called in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. A mobile crime lab was brought to the scene and officers were spotted driving what appeared to be a four-wheeler in a nearby field. The Minnesota State Patrol also provided assistance.

Officials closed Highway 39 east of Borup and worked for 12 hours to process the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

One Borup resident said it's an unusual situation for the small community of a little more than 100 people.

"It's such a quiet neighborhood, quiet town. You don't see this ever here," Brian Burlington said.