BELCOURT, N.D. — The family of a 34-year-old Fargo man reported missing in September says authorities are investigating his disappearance as a possible homicide.
Craig Melton, who was reported missing Sept. 19 after his roommate had not seen him in two days, was last seen in his car giving some men a ride to Belcourt, N.D., according to the Fargo Police Department.
It's still unclear who the men were or why the group was traveling to Belcourt, which is on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation nearly 200 miles northwest of Fargo.
Melton's car was found in a wooded area on the Turtle Mountain Reservation a few days ago, according to his mother, Paula Rodgers, who said investigators told her the dashboard and back seat had been ripped out.
Multiple men were arrested Thursday, and reportedly provided information to authorities, Rodgers said. That led to a grid search Friday on 100 acres of property in Rolette County.
She said late Friday police did not find her son's remains. She said investigators mentioned they are now looking for several other people who could have information.
"I hope there will be justice...Perhaps, many missing persons could be related to whatever sick depraved minds that are associated with this case. I can tell you that having a child be the victim of such evil is the most horrifying experience one can feel. I have been praying to God everyday for a miracle and there is no reason that I can't have one," said Rodgers.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Rolette County Sheriff's office are investigating the case.