The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minnesota, has identified Brandon Lee Buschman, a 34-year-old man from Babbitt, Minnesota, as an individual that was found in a chest freezer in the basement of an unoccupied home in Biwabik, Minnesota.
On June 26, police discovered Buschman’s body inside an older model freezer with a latching mechanism located on the outside. Furthermore, the home hadn’t been occupied since February, and the freezer wasn’t powered when Buschman’s body was discovered.
Although the autopsy conducted by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office displayed no signs of trauma or injury, investigators still believed that Buschman was in the house hiding due to the active arrest warrant issued for him.
In addition, several people in the area familiar with Buschman’s situation reported seeing him running from the top of the house, potentially due to a police presence. What crime exactly Buschman was wanted for has yet to be specified.
Tragically, Buschman’s decision to hide in the chest freezer cost him his life. The older model of the freezer could not be opened from the inside, trapping Buschman with no way of escape. This serves as a sobering reminder that when in desperate situations, seeking help and being aware of the risks associated with certain decisions is vital.