The Wright County Sheriff’s Department discovered the body of Samuel Adam Gustafson, 26, of Rockford in the Crow River near Rockford Tuesday, May 7, at approximately 6 p.m. during a search.
The location of the recovery was about a mile north of Highway 55.
Gustafson had been considered missing since the early hours of April 21. His last known location was the 200 block of Beach Dr. in the Riverview Estates mobile home park in Rockford, and he was last seen alive by at approximately 3 a.m. by friends. A friend of Gustafson’s noticed that he was gone the next morning when he woke at about 9 a.m., and later told authorities that he thought his friend had probably walked home. Gustafson’s parents, worried upon discovering that their son was not home on the evening of April 21, went to the mobile home parking looking for him, and subsequently contacted authorities when they were unable to find him. Gustafson’s status was listed as missing and endangered as he suffered from schizophrenia and was believed to be without medication. Air and ground searches were performed by the Wright and Hennepin County sheriffs offices. The BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) was also involved in the effort, and enlisted the aid of the public reporting information regarding Gustafson’s possible whereabouts. A volunteer ground search was conducted the following weekend. Soggy embankment conditions made a close inspection of the river area difficult for ground teams during the week of April 21.
The Midwest Medical Examiner’s office has performed an autopsy on Gustafson. Foul play is not suspected in his death, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s office.