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Second arrest made in dismemberment of St. Paul man, whose remains were dumped in Lake Superior

The 31-year-old woman was booked into St. Louis County Jail.
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Police investigating the killing of a St. Paul man whose remains were dismembered and dumped in Lake Superior have made a second arrest.

A 31-year-old Duluth woman has been booked into St. Louis County Jail on charges of accomplice after the fact to felony murder and interference with dead body – conceal a body.

She's the second person to be arrested for these offenses in connection with the killing of Richard Balsimo, 34, on or around June 20. The other, Robert Thomas West, 41, of Duluth/South Range, Wisconsin, was charged last month.

At this point, nobody has been arrested or charged with Balsimo's murder. Another man was mentioned in West's criminal complaint as being involved in the killing, but there has been no word of his arrest yet.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says that additional charges are anticipated against the 31-year-old arrested Wednesday.

What happened

Balsimo was last seen in St. Paul on June 20, with the BCA previously saying he may be in the Duluth/Superior area.

Dive teams located his remains on July 15 and 16 about 146 miles northeast of Duluth.

A medical examiner ruled Balsimo died of "homicidal violence," and a criminal complaint suggests he was shot in the torso before his body was dismembered and thrown into the lake.

West has been charged with one count of aiding an offender and one count of interference with a dead body in connection to the incident.

According to the criminal complaint, on July 13 the Douglas County, Wisconsin, Sheriff's Office told the BCA it had learned Balsimo was likely killed and dismembered on June 20, and his body was later placed in 5-gallon buckets in Lake Superior outside of Grand Portage, Cook County, Minnesota.

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A witness said they met with West who asked to boat him on Lake Superior, where West dropped two 5-gallon buckets and "one large tote," which he claimed to be the body of a dog, into the lake, charges state. West had said he was also disposing of personal belongings.

The witness helped officials locate where the buckets were dumped, with the BCA recovering the tote and one bucket. Inside the tote was a human torso with legs, arms and head removed, charges state. In the pocket of a pair of pants was a casino players card belonging to Balsimo.

There was a bullet wound in the torso, the complaint says. 

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