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Charges detail murder of Minnesota woman by fugitive bomb-maker husband

Eric Reinbold is accused of killing his 34-year-old wife.
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An alleged Minnesota killer remains the subject of a federal manhunt in connection to the murder of his wife in northwestern Minnesota. 

Reinbold, 44, of Oklee, is charged with second-degree intentional murder for the killing of his wife, Lissette Reinbold, on July 9. Murder charges were formally filed in Pennington County District Court July 30. 

Warning: This story contains upsetting details

According to the charges: 

Paramedics arrived at the Reinbold's home around 9:15 a.m. on a report of an unresponsive female. EMTs were approached by a boy on a bike who said "his mom was laying on the ground." Further down the driveway, EMTs located another boy standing outside the family's home, not far from Lissette Reinbold, who was lying on the ground near a vehicle. 

The 34-year-old woman had suffered a puncture wound to her neck, near her jaw. A medical examiner later confirmed that she suffered "multiple sharp force injuries to her neck, torso, and upper extremities," with her cause of death documented as blood loss caused by "multiple sharp force injuries." 

According to the criminal complaint, an EMT talked to the victim's son who said he awoke to find his mother lying on the ground outside with blood on her face and hands. 

Lissette Reinbold's last known communication with anyone was a video text message sent to friends at 6:36 a.m., not long before she was killed on July 9. Missing from the home and a nearby camper was Eric Reinbold, whose criminal history includes a 2015 domestic assault incident and a 2018 bomb-making incident in which he was convicted for stashing pipe bombs on family property. 

Reinbold was only released from prison this past March, having served part of a 5-year sentence for possession of pipe bombs at a hunting property, where police also found a 32-page notebook on Reinbold's desk entitled: "How one person can make a difference: Instruction booklet at the HCU (homemade commando university)."

This book, the Grand Forks Herald reports, was a manual on how to "start the second American Revolution and win."

Text messages revealed that Eric Reinbold believed his wife had been cheating on him, in addition to him sending numerous messages demanding sex from her, as well as "claiming ownership" over part of his wife's body. 

Reinbold's whereabouts are unknown and a nationwide arrest warrant has been issued. He should be considered armed and dangerous. 

"Investigators believe he fled on foot but may have obtained a vehicle. Investigators are asking people in Pennington and surrounding counties to check their properties for any missing vehicles or signs that someone has been on their property or in their outbuildings," the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced in July. 

Reinbold is 5-foot-7, 175 pounds and is balding with sandy brown hair. 

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can find a list of local resources and services here. You can also call the Minnesota Day One Crisis hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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