Man found dead in car in Savage identified as Keegan Oyugi

Crews remove a car from a ditch along Highway 101 in Savage, Minnesota. (FOX 9)

Update (Wednesday, 10:51 a.m.): The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the man found in the vehicle in Savage, Minnesota Tuesday as 26-year-old Keegan Oyugi, according to the Minnestrista Police Department. The crash remains under investigation. 

A man found dead in a crashed vehicle along Highway 13 in Savage, Minn. is believed to be missing 26-year-old Keegan Oyugi, according to a family spokesperson and Minnetrista police.

Oyugi went missing on June 12 and was believed to be returning to his St. Bonifacius home from the Prior Lake-Savage area. 

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Keegan Oyugi has been reported missing. He was last seen wearing a similar outfit as in the left photo. (Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension)

Around 10 a.m., a railroad worker spotted contacted police after spotting a vehicle matching the description of Oyugi's car - a red Mustang with a white stripe on the side. When investigators arrived at Highway 13 near Highway 101, they found a crashed vehicle with a deceased man in the driver's seat. The man matched Keegan's description and appeared to be wearing the same clothing when he went missing. The vehicle was upside down and apparently hit a tree.

"As we await formal identification from the medical examiner’s office, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Oyugi family," read the release from Minnetrista police.

The 26-year-old played basketball for Crown College and was planning to play professionally in Kenya later this summer.

"This was a young man that was set out to accomplish things, he worked harder than most, but he did everything with a smile on his face," said Stacy Ingraham, Oyugi's college professor.

Oyugi’s family lives in Kansas, but had been here since he disappeared. His parents, church members and people from the Kenyan community were desperate to find him.  Although it wasn’t the ending anyone wanted, the questions are answered and the healing can begin.

"So we just keep praying for the family and encourage them to be strong. And let God be in control," said Richard Anyieni of the Kenyan community.

A prayer vigil for Oyugi is being held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Warren Butler Park in Savage. 

The case remains under investigation.