WOODBURY, Minn. -- Jim and Loni Kerze’s telephone number is a sign of their hope. When the couple moved from Eagan to Woodbury three years ago, they kept their old phone number — just in case. “Maybe Christopher will still remember it,” Loni said Monday afternoon. It’s been 26 years since Jim and Loni Kerze have seen Christopher, their son who said he needed to stay home sick from school but instead left a note and headed for northern Minnesota. He never returned.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A coroner has determined that Matthew Deyo shot Aric Babbitt before turning the gun on himself last week in the state of Washington, where the married South St. Paul couple went amid an investigation into their alleged sexual abuse of teenage boys in Minnesota. Babbitt’s death has been ruled a homicide, while Deyo died of suicide, said Randall Gaylord, the coroner for San Juan County in Washington, on Thursday. There were no physical signs of a struggle on either of the bodies, he said.
ST. PAUL -- The mother of a pregnant Cannon Falls woman critically injured Monday in a Dakota County collision said Tuesday that her daughter was breathing only through a ventilator and that the family is “going to let her go.” Speaking from Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Tuesday afternoon, Elizabeth Calderara’s mother, Suzanne Mohn Brantly, said her daughter is “not going to make it.” “The head trauma and the neck trauma were just too great,” she said. “We’ve decided to say goodbye.”