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Two found dead in Bagley home; police not searching for suspects

BAGLEY - Lila Ricke, the neighbor of a Bagley woman who along with an unidentified man was found dead in her home Monday night, didn’t see or hear anything out of the ordinary until police and paramedics arrived shortly after 6 p.m.

But Ricke cited a friend in law enforcement as saying that the neighbor, Darlene Gerbracht, of 406 Getchell Ave., was killed by her son, Jack Gerbracht, in an apparent murder-suicide. Bagley Police Chief Larry Peterson, however, would not confirm the rumor, saying only that police were not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.

Ricke, 76, has lived with her brother, Curtis Lundell, 80, next door to Darlene Gerbracht since June. Ricke said Darlene Gerbracht had lived in the home for the last 15 years.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office said the bodies were taken to Grand Forks, N.D., for autopsies. Peterson said Tuesday afternoon that the autopsies were being handled by a medical examiner there, and more information would be available Wednesday. He also said the names of the deceased were not being released pending positive identification and notification of what he said was a “very large” family.

Several family members in the Bagley area declined to comment on the situation when approached at their homes Tuesday. Jack Gerbracht has a listed address of 203 Getchell Ave. NW. That home is less than two blocks from Darlene Gerbracht’s home, which was still wrapped in crime scene tape Tuesday afternoon. Ricke said Jack Gerbracht lived at 203 Getchell with his wife and their two children. No one at the home responded to knocks on the door Tuesday.

Ricke would not name the law enforcement official who detailed the events of Monday night, but said she was told by the officer that Jack Gerbracht killed his mother, then committed suicide in the home. Ricke said she had known the officer “all his life.”

“I’m positive it’s true,” she said. “I think it’s just unbelievable. It’s hard to figure out what happened.”

Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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