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UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 arrested following investigation north of Brainerd

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard said the individuals were known to one another. Currently, Smith Road will remain closed to through traffic at Legionville Road for the investigation.

Law enforcement officers walk in front of a home.
Crow Wing County Sheriff's office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating an incident on Smith Road north of Brainerd Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Brainerd's Unorganized Territory.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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BRAINERD — A woman was found dead and a man was arrested after law enforcement conducted a welfare check Thursday morning, April 28, at a residence north of Brainerd.

Crow Wing County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the house, on Smith Road near the Legionville Road intersection in Unorganized Territory, about 8 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a woman dead inside the residence. The man was arrested at the scene and is being held at the Crow Wing County Jail pending formal criminal charges from the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office.

Further information, including the name of the victim and suspect and other details about the investigation, was not released Thursday afternoon.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard said the victim and suspect were known to each other.

“We know he had local ties,” Goddard said of the suspect. Goddard also said he does not believe there is any danger to the public at this time.

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Two men stand in front of a squad car and talk with a house in the distance at the end of a long driveway.
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Chad Kleffman, left, talks with Crow Wing County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Ruuhela at a residence on Smith Road Thursday, April 28, 2022, north of Brainerd.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting the sheriff’s office with the investigation.

Smith Road will remain closed to through traffic at Legionville Road until the BCA finishes up the investigation. Goddard believed they would have the road open by Friday morning.

Police activity
Investigating an incident at the address, members of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension walk toward a house on Smith Road Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Unorganized Territory north of Brainerd.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Yellow police tape sectioned off the property of a split-level home on Smith Road in Brainerd’s Unorganized Territory.

Several vehicles were parked outside the residence but no activity was visible inside the home. Two Crow Wing County squad cars sat at the driveway entrance. Additional squad cars began arriving on scene around 10 a.m.

Police activity
Crow Wing County Sheriff's office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating an incident on Smith Road north of Brainerd Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Unorganized Territory.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Starting at Legionville Road, the Crow Wing County Sheriff closed about 300 yards of Smith Road as they awaited the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Police activity
A member of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension walks back to her van Thursday, April 28, 2022, while investigating an incident on the Smith Road north of Brainerd in Unorganized Territory.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

The BCA Crime Scene Team vehicle arrived at the home about 11:30 a.m.
This is a developing story. Check back for further details at www.brainerddispatch.com .

Road sign at Smith and Legionville Road
The Crow Wing County Sheriff closed a section of Smith Road Thursday, April 28, 2022, nearest Legionville Road, as they awaited the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's arrival.
Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

TIM SPEIER, staff writer, can be reached on Twitter @timmy2thyme , call 218-855-5859 or email tim.speier@brainerddispatch.com .

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Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering Public Safety.
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