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Hastings, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Hastings, Minnesota man has been charged in connection with the discovery of burned human remains in a Hastings park in July.

Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena today announced a 33-year-old Timothy Otto has been charged with second-degree arson and a felony count of interference with a dead body. His conditional bail has been set at $150,000.

The charges stem from a discovery that followed an emergency response to a fire that destroyed a portable restroom at Jaycees Park along the Mississippi River on July 10th. After the fire was extinguished, the burned remains of 30-year-old Kyle Hamilton were found at the scene and it was later determined there were fatal amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl in his body.

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Investigators then learned that Hamilton had been seen at a property often frequented by drug users and the one witness reported seeing Hamilton slumped over in a bedroom occupied by Otto. He later told investigators that Hamilton had died of an apparent drug overdose in his room and he didn't know what to do.

Court documents say a witness told investigators that Otto told her he had taken Hamilton's body to the park and set a garbage can on fire after placing the victim's body inside the container.

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