Discovery of Dead Body Halts Bachelor Party

It was in a compartment of a rented RV

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 4, 2014 1:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – As far as crazy bachelor party tales go, this one will be tough to top. The plan was for 11 guys in their 20s to travel from Minnesota to the Kentucky Derby in a rented RV, but the group didn't even make it out of the state ... thanks to the discovery of a dead body in one of the RV's compartments on Thursday. One of the RV's owners had reportedly told the group that two of the vehicle's compartments weren't operable and should remain closed, a passenger tells the Star-Tribune. But when those on board pulled into the last designated pickup spot—a discount-store parking lot in Winona, Minn.—someone opened one of the doors, and an unpleasant odor wafted out. They opened a second door, and there was the male body.

One of the other attendees described the body as not looking "fresh. Let's put it that way." Police were called and seized the RV—and took the group into the station to be questioned and finger-printed, though groom-to-be Dan Trainor says police quickly "realized we had nothing to do with it." But the turn of events did put a halt to the Kentucky-bound plans: the group decided to stay in Winona on Friday to take in a hockey game, then watch the Derby at the state's Canterbury Park racetrack. As for the identity of the body, or how it got there, police are investigating. Trainor tells KSTP the RV was rented from "a friend of a friend of a friend."

The RV roadtrip didn't get very far.   (Shutterstock)
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