Cameras show Stillwater man found dead walked alone in cold after leaving bar, officials say

A student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, George Musser last was seen alive around 2:20 a.m. Saturday.

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ST. PAUL -- The 20-year-old Stillwater, Minnesota, man whose body was found on Christmas Day was not dressed for the cold weather and walked alone after leaving a downtown bar the day before, video footage has confirmed.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has formally identified the man as George Musser.

A student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Musser last was seen alive around 2:20 a.m. Saturday, leaving Brian’s Bar & Grill in downtown Stillwater.

His body was found around 7 p.m. Sunday about two miles from the bar, near the 5400 block of Osgood Avenue North in Baytown Township.

“A progression of video footage from traffic and surveillance cameras tracked an individual matching Musser’s description as he traveled alone and on foot, leading from downtown Stillwater towards the area where his body was ultimately located,” the sheriff’s office said.


The sheriff’s office said Musser wore a flannel shirt and jeans with a stocking cap and shoes but no coat.

The temperature was below zero with fairly strong winds when Musser left the bar. The sheriff’s office said he likely died of cold weather exposure, but the official cause and manner of death could take two months to determine.

An online fundraiser ( for Musser’s relatives had raised around $53,000 as of noon Wednesday.


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