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Investigation continues in human remains case west of Bemidji

Officials are now investigating what they believe are the remains of two people located at a home off of state Highway 89 northwest of Bemidji. (Pioneer file photo)

ECKLES TOWNSHIP—After a week since they were discovered, the authorities are still investigating the alleged human remains found at a mobile home just off of Highway 89 northwest of Bemidji.

On Monday, Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel said he expects to have the investigation complete enough to hand over to the Beltrami County Attorney's Office within the coming days.

"We are still following up on a lot of the leads that we still have," Beitel said. "There's just a lot of information we're establishing."

If criminal charges are filed, a complaint would be included, outlining the reasons behind the charges. That feature likely would offer more insight into the events that took place leading up to the discovery of the alleged remains.

The investigation began after the sheriff's office received a missing person report on Monday, Feb. 4, regarding someone who was traveling to Beltrami County from the Twin Cities area. The report said the missing person may have been traveling with an acquaintance as well.

Deputies later found the missing person's vehicle at the Palace Casino in Cass Lake. The vehicle led investigators to two "people of interest." Neither of the two individuals has been named to date, although one of them was arrested on unrelated charges.

A warrant was then issued for the mobile home where the two people of interest lived. At that residence, located in the 6500 block of state Highway 89, the investigators found "what is believed to be the human remains of two people," according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

The remains were sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and identification.

In addition to the sheriff's office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is also investigating the case.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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