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Community Mourns Anoka Man Found Dead in Rented RV

Updated: 05/05/2014 7:37 AM
Created: 05/03/2014 9:50 AM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough

A vigil was held Sunday evening remembering 22-year-old Kevin Casserly of Anoka, whose body was discovered in an RV last Thursday that had been rented by a group of men for a bachelor party. Casserly had been missing since November.

The vigil was full of people who knew and loved him as well as people who still have a loved one missing.

"[It's] the complete and utter heartbreak when you realize that the tiny hope that your heart was holding onto that in your mind you knew wasn't real, is gone," Kevin Casserly's sister, Alexandra Casserly, said.

At the ceremony, folks with heavy hearts and heads hung low held onto each other, offering comforting hugs and words. The vigil was about who was lost and who still needs to be found.

As of Sunday, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lists 71 Minnesotans reported missing. One of them is Debbie Dondlinger's son, Jessie.

"It's so hard to have support when you have a loved one who's struggling," Dondlinger said.

Funeral arrangements for Casserly will be announced Monday.  The cause of death has not yet been released.

The Anoka and Winona Police Departments, Minnesota BCA and Anoka County Sheriff's Office are investigating.

Friends and family gathered for a vigil Sunday evening in Anoka.
Photo: KSTP
Friends and family gathered for a vigil Sunday evening in Anoka.
Photo: KSTP/ Beth McDonough
Friends and family gathered for a vigil Sunday evening in Anoka.
Photo: KSTP/ Beth McDonough
Kevin Casserly has been missing since November 2013.

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