Man turns himself in as driver in fatal hit and run
BEMIDJI -- A 58-year-old man turned himself in to police Friday morning, admitting he was the driver in the fatal hit and run that killed Christopher Lee Strong on Wednesday morning.
The red Monte Carlo police identified Thursday as being involved in Strong's death was seized, and taken to the Law Enforcement Center, according to Beltrami County emergency management director Beryl Wernberg. The identity of the man who allegedly admitted to the crime has not been released, and he was not listed as being in custody on the Beltrami County Jail’s website Friday night.
Strong’s body was found at the intersection of Grange and Nature roads just before 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. A newspaper carrier for The Pioneer made the discovery and called police. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said Thursday he had “pretty well nailed down” Strong’s whereabouts in the 24 hours that preceded his death.
Strong was 25 years old.