According to the Waseca County News, the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office is investigating the apparent suicide of New Richland Police Chief Scott Eads. Apparently he was discovered last evening after the Waseca County Sheriff's Office asked for help in locating him.

He leaves behind his wife, Candace, and two children.

The Waseca County Sheriff’s Office called Eads part of the county’s “law enforcement family.” Kanewischer said Eads was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, South Central Lodge #16, based in Waseca. Eads, a Mountain Lake native, started in the New Richland Police Department on Oct. 1, 2000, and was promoted to chief on Aug. 17, 2007.

Here is the full text of the press release from the Sheriff's Office:

"It is with heavy heart that we share news that Chief Scott Eads of the New Richland Police Department took his own life on the evening of Sept. 12 in rural Freeborn County.

"Chief Eads leaves behind a wife, Candace, and two young children. Sheriff Milbrath has been in contact with the New Richland city administrator, and the Sheriff's Office will be handling all calls and police matters for the city of New Richland until further notice.

"Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers while they work through this difficult period. Chief Eads was a part of our Law Enforcement family here in Waseca County, so obviously this is shocking news for all involved. If you have any questions or information, please feel free to Contact Sheriff Milbrath or myself anytime."

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