Moorhead man arrested on suspicion of murder in woman's disappearance

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Ethan Broad
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MOORHEAD — A 27-year-old Moorhead man has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection to the disappearance of a 19-year-old woman.

Ethan Martin Broad was in custody at the Clay County Jail Saturday night, April 18, after an investigation the day before of what police Capt. Deric Swenson described as a violent crime at the Skaff Apartments, 1310 28th Ave. S.

Police said they could not disclose much else about the case, including the relationship between Broad and Dystynee Avery, who was last seen in south Moorhead on April 3. Swenson did not say whether authorities had found a body.

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Dystynee Avery. Special to The Forum


Avery's sister, Valarie Parker, said Broad and Avery were good friends and knew each other for the year and a half since Avery moved to Moorhead from Texas to live with her boyfriend.

"She looked to him like a brother," she told The Forum in a phone interview. "When she moved up there she had nobody but her boyfriend."

Parker said Broad called her and other family members the night of Avery's disappearance and told them her sister had run off with a "car full of guys."

Authorities were still working to locate Avery's body as of Saturday, Parker said.

The Clay County Jail website lists Broad as being booked Friday afternoon for second-degree murder with a firearm.

Authorities could be seen Friday night investigating a garage at the Skaff Apartments, where Broad reportedly lives. Residents reported being told to not use dumpsters and seeing authorities searching an SUV.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is involved in the investigation. Swenson said he expects more details to be released Monday or Tuesday.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660.

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