Body found may be of missing Coon Rapids man

A body found in a wooded area on Anoka County park property near the intersection of Mississippi Boulevard and Uplander Street in Coon Rapids, Tuesday evening is believed to be Alan Taylor, 31, a Coon Rapids resident who had been reported missing Aug. 27 after he was last seen at noon Aug. 25.

Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor

“At this point, there is likelihood that the body may be that of Alan Taylor … but identity will be confirmed by the Anoka County Medical Examiner after an autopsy,” said Cmdr. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office in a news release this morning (Wednesday, Sept. 5).

According to Sommer, Coon Rapids Police located the body in an undeveloped area of the park property.

The scene was processed by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the medical examiner’s office. There was no apparent evidence of trauma to the body noted at the scene, according to Sommer.

The medical examiner’s office will confirm both the identity of the body and cause of death, Sommer stated in the press release.

Aug. 25, Taylor was seen by neighbors getting into a white colored Pontiac passenger car, wearing red shorts and no shirt. Taylor left his car at his residence and didn’t appear to make any preparations for a prolonged trip away from home, Sommer stated in a press release.

There has been no activity on Taylor’s cell phone and none of his financial transaction cards have been used, according to Sommer.

Taylor, who has been known to go fishing in the Three Rivers Park District near the Coon Rapids Dam, had plans to begin school this week at Anoka Technical College and made family plans for the holiday weekend, Sommer stated in the press release.

The case continued to be investigated by the Coon Rapids Police Department and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office at 763-427-1212.

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