Mower County Sheriff Steve Sandvik confirmed Wednesday evening that the body of a deceased male found Tuesday morning in rural Austin was that of 71-year old Mower County 1st District Commissioner Tim Gabrielson.  

Sheriff Sandvik reported that deputies were dispatched at approximately 7:14 a.m. Tuesday morning for a report of a deceased male located in the 22000 block of 572nd Avenue in rural Austin. The deceased person was laying on the ground near his vehicle and Sandvik stated that there were no indications of a crash or any type of struggle.  Gabrielson had been reported as missing by family members at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the evening of Monday, November 9th.  

The Southeast Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Gabrielson’s death as medical in nature.  Sheriff Sandvik stated that there is no apparent danger to the public related to the incident.

Gabrielson was coming to the end of his third term as county commissioner in District 1. He had just been re-elected to a fourth term on November 3rd.