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Man’s plan to hide from police in freezer takes dire turn: officials

by Mahmmod Shar

Minnesota resident Brandon Lee Buschman apparently entered the freezer on his own accord and may have tried to escape

By Audrey Conklin

A Minnesota man who was last seen fleeing the upstairs area of a home in Biwabik due to a possible police presence nearby was found dead in June after apparently locking himself in a freezer, according to local authorities.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office determined that there were no signs of injury or trauma on Brandon Lee Buschman, 35, after Gilbert police found his body in a chest freezer in the basement of the home on Fourth Avenue North while responding to 911 call reporting a deceased person on June 26.

“The chest freezer was an older model with a latching mechanism on the outside,” police said in a July 7 press release. “When closed, the freezer is not capable of being pushed open from the inside.”

Police added that the chest freezer where they discovered Buschman was not on at the time of the discovery, and the Biwabik home had not been occupied since February.

Brandon Lee Buschman
Minnesota man Brandon Buschman apparently locked himself in a freezer while trying to evade police. (Facebook)

Buschman had an outstanding warrant for his arrest when he apparently entered the freezer “on his own accord” after seeing police in his neighborhood, police said.

Buschman had nine prior convictions for misdemeanors ranging from trespassing to theft, according to St. Louis County records.

The Biwabik home where authorities found Bauschman
Brandon Buschman was last seen fleeing the upstairs area of a home in Biwabik before authorities found him dead in a freezer on June 26 in the basement of the same home. (Google Maps)

“Investigators located a metal lawn ornament rod that was inserted from the inside of the freezer toward the latching mechanism,” which was jammed between the gasket and the manufactured edge of the freezer, police said.

Evidence indicates that Buschman may have tried to escape the freezer but was unable to do so.

Brandon Bauschman
Investigators believe Brandon Buschman got into the freezer “on his own accord.” (Facebook)

Investigators are still working to determine the last time Buschman was seen alive.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to release a toxicology report in the coming weeks.

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