Mystery still surrounds death of 22-year-old found in Hwy. 169 median in Shakopee

Updated: January 19, 2020 10:53 PM

State investigators have not issued an update Sunday in the ongoing investigation of the death of 22-year-old Ryan Hobot of Eagan.

Hobot's body was found Thursday afternoon in the median of Highway 169 near Canterbury Road in Shakopee.


His relatives told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they were not ready to conduct an interview, but they said Hobot was a "great person" who wanted to serve his country and was close to joining the Minnesota National Guard.

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the death investigation, and the Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a two-car accident that happened Wednesday night in a spot not far from where Hobot's body was discovered the next day.

Both agencies have not yet said if they believe the two incidents are related, but a Hobot family member told KSTP they think the two are related in some way.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Hobot died of multiple blunt force trauma due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash and listed the date of his injuries as Wednesday, Jan. 15, but his time of death was registered as Thursday, Jan. 16.

The medical examiner's report is the first piece of information that stated a car accident of some kind caused Hobot's death.

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