The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man located deceased Sunday, Dec. 29, in rural Meeker County. Justin Edward Warnke, 34 of Buffalo, was found deceased on the 74500 block of 309th Street in Kingston Township. Detectives are actively working to determine the specific cause, manner and circumstances of his death, including where he died. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office to take the lead on the investigation with the Minnesota BCA.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alejandro Vega, 37 of Montrose, in connection with this investigation. Vega has been booked in the Meeker County jail pending formal charges. Vega was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 1, on a traffic stop on US Highway 12 and Meeker County Road 9 without incident.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at (763) 682-7600 or the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 693-5400.