Police believe 2 sets of human remains found at suspected violent crime scene near Bemidji

The remains were discovered in Eckles Township.
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UPDATE 2:45 P.M.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office is now saying that they believe human remains found in a township bordering Bemidji earlier this week were those of two people. 

According to an updated news release, the sheriff's office was contacted around 11 a.m. Monday by a concerned family member about a person from the Twin Cities who traveled to the Bemidji area, noting that they hadn't made contact with them since the previous week. 

Investigators learned that the missing person could've been traveling with an acquaintance from the Duluth-Superior area. They also were given information about the vehicle they were likely traveling in. 

Around 6 p.m. Monday, investigators found the vehicle at Palace Casino, which is located east of Bemidji in Cass County.

They then identified two people of interest associated with the vehicle, and interviews that night with the duo led investigators to believe that a violent crime had taken place at their home, located in the 6500 block of Hwy. 89 NE in Eckles Township. 

A search warrant for the residence was granted Tuesday morning and authorities discovered what they believe to be the remains of two people. 

The two suspects were arrested, one for unrelated criminal charges, and booked into Beltrami County Jail. Their identities are being withheld until formal charges are filed. 

The human remains is now being examined by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for identification and cause of death. 

"The motive and method of this incident are still being investigated," the sheriff's office said. 

"Family of the missing person and the acquaintance, one from the Twin Cities Metro area and the other from the Duluth-Superior area have been contacted by authorities and are patiently waiting for further information as it is developed."

Original story

Authorities are conducting a criminal investigation after human remains were discovered in rural Beltrami County on Tuesday. 

In a press release, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office says it is treating the scene in Eckles Township, which borders the northwest side of Bemidji, as a crime scene after finding the remains of at least one person. 

The sheriff's office is working in tandem with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and they've arrested a person of interest. 

Meanwhile, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is working to identify the remains. 

The sheriff's office says there is no threat to the general public. 

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