A murder suspect who managed to evade capture for nearly a month was apprehended after triggering a trail camera.
Eric Reinbold was arrested without incident around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. The 44-year-old is charged with second-degree murder for the killing of his wife, Lissette Reinbold, on July 9 in Oklee, Minnesota. Paramedics found her suffering from multiple stab wounds, including a puncture wound to her neck.
Authorities immediately launched a search for Eric Reinbold. At one point, 17 law enforcement agencies were scouring northwestern Minnesota, with the public asked to keep an eye out for the suspect.
But what ultimately led authorities to Reinbold was a trail camera.
Law enforcement had placed a trail camera in a wooded area off of County Road 1 in Red Lake County, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said. The area is located near the home of Reinbold's parents and had been searched in the days after the killing, but to no avail.
At 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, movement triggered the trail camera. Law enforcement officers with the Pennington and Red Lake County sheriff's offices, as well as the U.S. Marshals Service and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, moved in.
They found Reinbold hiding in the woods near an abandoned homestead, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said.
He was taken to Peinnington County Jail, and is expected to make his first court appearance Friday at 8:30 a.m., according to court records. The Marshals Service also sought Reinbold for violating the terms of his release from federal prison, the sheriff's office said.
Reinbold had been released from prison this past March, having served part of a five-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)."