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UPDATED: Remains of 2 people believed to be found at Eckles Township property

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. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer)

ECKLES TOWNSHIP -- Officials are investigating what they believe to be the remains of two people found at a home off of state Highway 89 northwest of Bemidji.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person’s report on Monday regarding an individual who had traveled to the area from the Twin Cities.

The report also said that the person may have traveled with an acquaintance, who was from the Duluth-Superior area.

Authorities located the vehicle of the missing person at the Palace Casino in Cass County later that day. That led them to two persons of interest, officials said.

“Both of the individuals were interviewed and further information was gathered throughout the evening that led investigators to believe a crime of violence had taken place,” Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel said in the release.

Law enforcement then obtained a warrant on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to search the home where the two people of interest had lived together, which is in Eckles Township, northwest of Bemidji, off of state Highway 89.

That’s where the authorities found “what is believed to be the human remains of two people.”

The family of the missing person from the Twin Cities, as well as the family of the acquaintance, have been contacted. However, it is unclear if the remains that were found belong to the two people who were missing.  

“The motive and method of this incident are still being investigated,” Beitel said in the release.

The Sheriff’s Office said there is no threat to the public. One of the persons of interest was arrested on unrelated charges, the release said. It also said the names of the persons of interest will not be released until they are officially charged.

Beltrami County Attorney David Hanson said he did not have any additional information to provide outside of what the release from the Sheriff’s Office included.

The remains have been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office “autopsy and confirmation of identification.”

“This investigation is still considered fluid and ongoing,” Beitel said in the release.

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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