Former Lake Park, MN Police Chief Dies In Hunting Incident

Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander confirms a man killed in a hunting-related incident over the weekend was former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson.

DETROIT LAKES, MN — The Becker County Sheriff released details on the death of former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson.

In a release from the Sheriff’s Department, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a deceased male in a vehicle on a logging trail 1/2 mile east of Yellowhead Trail around 6:09 p.m. on November 10.

Emergency responders identified the man as Jay Clayton Nelson, age 53, of Cormorant Township.

Nelson retired as police chief 3 years ago.

A provisional autopsy examination indicated Nelson died as a result of a gunshot wound.

The Becker County Sheriff’s  Office is asking for the public’s help in locating anyone who may have been hunting in that area on Saturday, November 10.

They would also like to locate anyone who may have been travelling through the area and may have heard gunshots.

Becker County says the incident appears to be a hunting related accident.

If you have any information related to the event, please contact the Becker County Sheriff’s Office at 218-847-2661.

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