Investigation continues in human remains case west of Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A week after they were discovered, the authorities still are investigating the alleged human remains found at a mobile home 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 that outlines 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, 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 investigating the case.