Police believe remains found in fire pit are of Twin Cities DJ, man from Superior

Police have arrested a suspect, who is awaiting charges.
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Police investigating a double homicide believe they've identified the remains of two people found on a property near Bemidji last week, with one of them a Twin Cities DJ and promoter.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office says it has preliminarily identified one of the people whose remains were found in a fire pit at a property on the 6500 block of Highway 89 NW in Eckles Township last Tuesday, Feb. 5.

That person is Adam Thorpe, 39, of Maple Grove, who according to 5Mag was a DJ on the Midwest scene in the 1990s.

The second set of remains haven't been identified yet, but police believe they belong to Jason McDonough, 41, whose last address was Superior, Wisconsin.

A 44-year-old man from Bemidji was arrested on Thursday in relation to a probation violation, and is now considered a suspect in the deaths of the two men.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office has submitted its evidence against the Bemidji man to the local county attorney's office, which will make a decision on charges.

Thorpe, a father-of-one, was involved with the dance DJ collaborative HotDish, which paid tribute to him on Facebook, writing: "Adam had a huge impact on HotDish and we made certain he played our very first show at First Avenue those many years ago.

"He was a person of approachability to all of us. He put ego aside to bring people together around the music," it added. "He is history in this city, having playing some of the earliest underground parties, always representing the core origins of house."

Thorpe's mother said on Facebook that he had been missing "10 or so days" before he was found, describing her son as a "'give you the shirt off his back' kind of man and an excellent friend to so many."

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